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About the Books

Latin Alive! is a three-book series that will teach students not only the language of ancient Rome, but also the history, culture, and even literature of the Roman people.  The series strives to demonstrate to students how these lessons are not dusty old facts that are buried in time, but how these people, these events, and this language have influenced the world around them; not only in their language, but in their government, science, history, literature, art and many other aspects of modern life.

Latin Alive! Book 1: The Roman Republic – The first book in the series introduces us to the Latin language and the Roman people.  Students will learn the fundamentals of Latin including noun and adjective charts for all declensions, the most common case uses, the four verb conjugations and the six tenses of the indicative mood. Students will also learn the function of prepositions, adverbs, and a variety of pronouns.

The students will begin their study of the Roman people back at the very beginning – the Trojan War.  Readings throughout the text are inspired by the history of Rome as written by Titus Livius (Livy).  Stories begin with Aeneas and the founding of the Roman race, they continue through the period of the monarch and into the early years of the Republic.  Students will see how Rome expands during the period of the Punic Wars.  The book will end with the death of Julius Caesar and the end of the Roman Republic.  Throughout this journey into ancient Rome the text will draw parallels between the founding of Rome and the founding of America.  In many ways the challenges fought and the struggles endured were the same.  In many ways our country and our leaders have been influenced by what many ancient historians considered the greatest model of government in its day: the Roman Republic.

Latin Alive! Book 2: The Roman Empire – The second book picks up right where the first left off, in both grammar and history.  For students who have already completed a rigorous grammar school Latin program, such as the “Latin for Children” primer series, this book may provide the perfect starting place for advanced study.  The first unit will review all noun declensions and the major case uses taught in Book 1, reviewing for some and bringing others up to speed.  From there the book will guide students into more advanced constructions such as comparisons, the passive voice, dependent clauses, indirect discourse, and much more.

Students will exercise all these new literary muscles through reading pieces adapted from the Latin literature of the Roman Empire.  Who better to study than the masters of literature: Vergil, Ovid, Seutonius, Pliny, Seneca, Tacitus, Tertullian, Augustine and others.  Read about the empire that ruled the world and its eventual fall through the first hand accounts of the men who lived during these momentous times.

Latin Alive! Book 3: The Best of Rome’s Literature – The final book in the series will conclude the students’ grammatical studies, and will provide them the opportunity to enjoy the riches of Rome’s finest authors from Ennius to Ovid.  Students will begin with a comprehensive review of Latin verbs before beginning the final frontier: the subjunctive mood.  This text will provide a thorough study of the subjunctive mood and its many uses.  The final unit of the book will introduce students to the poetry of the golden age of Rome.  Students will learn the various styles exhibited by Catullus, Horace, Vergil and Ovid.  Moreover, they will learn how these authors influenced later poets such as Tennyson, Shakespeare, and Milton.    In conclusion, the completed grammar text series will provide students with all the grammar needed to read and enjoy original pieces of Latin literature.  The Latin Alive series will provide them with the grammar equivalent to a college grammar course.  The series will also, however, go beyond grammar lessons to make connections with history, culture, science, literature, et cetera in an effort to demonstrate that Latin is not dead, but living all around us.

Latin Alive! The Reader: Literature from Cicero to Newton – NEW!Now that students have completed their grammar studies, they are ready to dine at the rich banquet table of literature that lies before them.  The LA Reader opens the door for students to read original Latin texts from a variety of time periods and authors.  The Latin language did not fall with Rome, but lived on as the lingua franca of Europe  for more than a thousand years.  Students will enjoy reading letters, documents, and literature from history’s greatest moments not as a translator has rendered them, but as the original author wrote them – in Latin.