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Looking for resources to learn Classical Latin

As the title suggests I want to learn Latin and am looking where to start. My other languages are English, Irish, German and French (from best to worst). I'm looking to learn Classical Latin in particular and would love to know if there is a Duolingo like website with a Latin course or any other resources one could recommend such as youtube channels, books or websites. Unfortunately a lot of the youtube videos I have seen in supposed Classical Latin have comments saying it's not pronounced probably. I'm not a fan of the Italian sounding Ecclesiastical Latin

December 15, 2017



By far the best method I've come across is Carl Øhrberg's Lingua Latina per se illustrata. It's a text book, but don't be mistaken: it's far different from most Latin text books that focus heavily on grammar and translation. Øhrberg rather uses the natural method, which is to say: the whole book is in Latin - there are no translations, you get to learn and understand sentences and grammar by reading through the book and using the hints. This may sound daunting, but it starts of really simple: Rōma in Italiā est. However, it advances very quickly after that. It also has some exercises, but they are all focused on the story of the chapter they're in. The story revolves around a Roman family living in a villa near Tusculum and is, considering the simplicity of the language, quite engaging. There's also a second part, which consists of adapted passages from Virgil's Aeneid and Livy's Ab Urbe Condita, but mostly original texts by Latin authors, left unchanged.

I'm a Classics major and in the six years I have been studying Latin and Greek, I have never been able to read these languages fluently, despite the fact that I can tell you everything about the grammar and literary background of a particular text. When I started using Øhrberg's book, I experienced what it is like to actually read Latin fluently, that is, without grabbing the dictionary for every damn sentence.

I still have to finish the first book and I don't want to rush the second part either, but after that, I will be using the Loeb Classical Library series. The editions of this series all are gems: the books with a red wrapper provide Latin texts with an English translation on the facing page, and the green books are the same for Greek. In that way, you can work your way through classical authors while being able to use the translation as an instant dictionary.


thanks for the response, interesting idea but I think I'll need the basics before I try that


It starts from the very basics, no prior knowledge of Latin whatsoever is required to start this book. Its first chapter is comprehensible for any native speaker of a western European language and every chapter adds new grammar all throughout the first book; when you have finished the book, all grammar will have been dealt with.

I would strongly advise you to try this method before anything else, as it will help you probably more than any other method would. I do not only tell you this as a student of Classics, but also as a future teacher, as someone who has been thinking about the didactic side of Latin for a long time.

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