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Hans Oerberg's Lingua Latina per se Illustrata is the world's premiere series for learning Latin via the Natural Method. Students first learn grammar and vocabulary intuitively through extended contextual reading and an innovative system of marginal notes. It is the only textbook currently available that gives students the opportunity to learn Latin without resorting to translation, but allows them to think in the language. It is also the most popular text for teachers, at both the secondary and collegiate levels, who wish to incorporate conversational skills into their classroom practice.
Familia Romana (Pars I of the Lingua Latina series) contains thirty-five chapters and describes the life of a Roman family in the 2nd century A.D., and culminate in readings from classical poets and Donatus's Ars Grammatica, the standard Latin school text for a millennium. Each chapter is divided into two or three lectiones (lessons) of a couple pages each followed by a grammar section, Grammatica Latina, and three exercises or Pensa. Hans Oerberg's impeccable Latinity, humorous stories, and the Peer Lauritzen illustrations make this work a classic. The book includes a table of inflections, a Roman calendar, and a word index, index vocabulorum.
The Lingua Latina series incorporates the following features:
- The most comprehensive treatment of Latin grammar available in an elementary textbook.
- A vocabulary of almost 1,800 words, reinforced by constant and creatively phrased repetition, vastly expands the potential for later sight reading.
- A complete line of ancillary volumes, exercises, and readers both in print and online.
Additional resources (click the links below for more information):
- Audio files (available for purchase in classical or ecclesiastical pronunciation)
- Familia Romana Latin-English Vocbulary (free PDF download). Familia Romana Latin-French and Latin-Spanish vocbulary PDFs are also available here for free download.
An introduction to Latin, this is a 2 semester sequence/full year Latin course at the college level, high school level, homeschool age (as young as 9) and middle school appropriate. It is designed for anyone interested in learning Latin, regardless of your native language.
About the Author:
Hans Henning Ørberg (1920-2010) MA in English. French and Latin at the University of Copenhagen. 1946-52 and 1961-63 teacher at various Danish High Schools. 1953-1961 on the staff of The Nature Method Institute, Copenhagen. 1963-1988 teacher at Grenaa Gymnasium. Author of the Latin course Lingua Latina secundum naturae rationem explicata, first published 1955-56. New revised edition published 1990-91 under the title Lingua Latina per se illustrata, with a number of supplements. After his retirement he ran a publishing house called Domus Latina, which is now run by his children.