Free Latin Readers and Grammars and Texts

Maybe if I keep a list here, I can keep adding – maybe not the easiest format to maintain, but until I figure out a clever way via github jekyll page collections…

update (2017-03-04): Dr D’Ooge’s Elements of  Latin wins and is available printed and coil bound with answer key and your purchase helps our family – and you get a great book probably printed in your own country – Lulu has printers around the world.

A List from 2007 from the textkit forum – all with answer keys, but not all available outside North America – though often searching the Internet Archive turns up identical copies available to download.

Latin for Beginners by Benjamin D’Ooge also scanned copy at (436p) 1911 with a community made Answer Key from Textkit. 79 lessons

Elements of Latin 1921 by Benjamin D’Ooge (470p) with Key (70p) – something of a rewrite, taking best bits of Beginners and starting over again. There are 56 lessons in the first “half-year” and the second “half-year” takes the total up to 110 with two optional lessons after that.

Easy Latin for sight reading for secondary schools another D’Ooge book, (174p) 1921. Selections from Ritchie’s Fabulae faciles, Lhomond’s Urbis Romae viri inlustres, and Gellius’ Noctes atticae. Short readings with questions following.

Latin Vulgate Course The Latin Vulgate Course by William Dobbs 1874 This one looks fantastic – the readings are graded, introducing a little more vocabulary each time to get you into the Bible! So many books are geared for Classical Latin (ie Caesar’s Gallic Wars) that all the words are Romani pugnabant reginas fortiter and Meus Gladius melior tuum est. I showed my husband, who reads the Bible but doesn’t study Latin especially, and he’s translating all these bits just from what he’s picked up going to a Latin Mass regularly for the past 10 years. It’s easy because it’s relevant – it’s what we want to read! The Creative Commons license on this is a bit of a sticker though – Non Commercial is hard to define and generally means people won’t touch it unless they don’t care about legal stuff. Though it’s from 1874 so surely it’s time it entered the Public Domain – maybe the book has, but this particular scan belongs to the Bodleian Library – so we just retype the bits we want to keep?

Jacob’s Latin Reader – 1833 – starts with simple sentences featuring elephants. pp277

A first Latin reader: with exercises by Herbert Chester Nutting – first section on Early American History, then Tales of Land and Sea, then stories from Caesar. 1913, pp493

Introductory Latin grammar and first Latin reader [microform] by Hagarty, E. W. (Edward William), 1862-1943 – regular Latin text-book, Nominative, Genitive order of declensions. 1906, pp462

Henry’s First Latin Book 1839 (133p) with Key 1879 (127p) – quite different – launching in with all 5 declensions side by side and three tenses.

A Practical Grammar of the Latin Language by G J Adler (737p) 1858 with Key (163p). A more conversational approach – very highly recommended by Evan der Miller of

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