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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.
The second of two volumes in the series Lingua Latina per se illustrata, Roma Aeterna introduces the most celebrated authors of antiquity through the lens of Roman history. A vivid description of the city's monuments precedes a prose retelling of the first four books of Virgil's Aeneid, with many of the most famous passages in their original verse form. The selection from Virgil is followed by Book One of Livy's engaging mythical history of Rome's foundation. The prose selections are judiciously chosen and, in the first few chapters, gently adapted to provide students with attest that is authentically Latin and yet not difficult. The unadapted selections which make up the majority of the text are taken from Aulus Gellius, Ovid, Nepos, Sallust, and Horace. These annotated selections make Roma Aeterna useful both as the next step after Familia Romana and as a survey of Latin literature in its own right.
Roma Aeterna incorporates the following features:
- Latin immersion with vowel lengths marked
- Approximately 3,000 new vocabulary words
- Short discussions of grammar and exercises for each chapter
- Selected readings cover the material in a Roman history course
- Index of Roman rulers and of historical events arranged chronologically
The volume Indices contains chronological lists of Roman consuls and their ttriumphs, Fasti consulares and triumphales, a name index, Index nominum, with short explanations in Latin, and an Index vocabulorum, covering all the words used in Parts I and II.
An intermediate Latin text covering Roman history through a wide range of classical Latin literature, this text covers a second year course at the college level or fourth year Latin at the high school level.
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.