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“Latin and Greek we learn in the usual ways, but we apply the method of narration to the former  (A Philosophy of Education, pg 276).”  Charlotte Mason


  • The Bible in Latin–with audio
  • Project Gutenberg has a number of stories in Latin in print and audio
  • Latin Via Fables-a website collection of Aesop’s Fables, simplified and adapted for ease of use, especially for beginners
  • Aesopus-a website with vast collection of Aesop’s Fables in Latin
  • Aesop’s Fables in Latin: Ancient Wit and Wisdom from the Animal Kingdom by Laura Gibbs
  • Via Latina: An Easy Latin Reader by William C. Collar–a reprint of a turn of the century book; for free here
  • Virgil’s Æneid Books I-VI–with interlinear translation; in print here


  • Librivox has a multilingual poetry collection, including many in Latin
  • A Librivox Christmas poetry collection includes one in Latin


Formal Lesson Book

  • Visual Latin 1-recommended by A Delectable Education, this is a computer based program for the first year of Latin, recommended for ages 10+, right when Mason recommended Latin lessons begin
  • Visual Latin 2-the second year program for Latin, recommended by A Delectable Education
  • First Latin Course by E.H. Scott and Frank Jones–Mason used this book in the first year of Latin.  Passages were followed by narration.
  • A Child’s First Latin Book by Theophilus D. Hall–Mason’s second choice book for beginners.
  • Gradatim by H.R. Heatley and H.N. Kingdon–Mason used this book in the second year of Latin for narration.
  • A First Latin Course by William Smith–Mason used this book in the second year of Latin for grammar.