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KINDLE your interest in Latin with the e-book versions of WHEELOCK and SCRIBBLERS . . .

"I use Kindle on my iPad and Kindle for PC on my laptops and desktops. Wheelock's Latin is formatted fine and works like a charm. Since I also have the companion reader Scribblers, Sculptors and Scribes, carrying an iPad around is much easier than carrying the books and I can easily switch from one book to the other with the Kindle app; I would recommend the Kindle edition for anyone who has a PC or iPad and will be using the Amazon Kindle book reader application."

-R. Mark Jones
, Bethel, Alaska

When Frederic M. Wheelock’s Latin first appeared in 1956, the reviews extolled its thoroughness, organization, and conciseness; one reviewer predicted that the book “might well become the standard text” for introducing students to elementary Latin. Now, nearly six decades later, that prediction has certainly proved accurate.

This new edition of Wheelock’s Latin, has all the features, many of them improved and expanded that have made it the bestselling single-volume beginning Latin textbook :

  • 40 chapters with grammatical explanations and readings drawn from the works of Rome's major prose and verse writers;
  • Self-tutorial exercises, each with an answer key, for independent study;
  • An extensive English-Latin/Latin-English vocabulary section;
  • A rich selection of original Latin readings—unlike other textbooks, which contain primarily made-up Latin texts;
  • Etymological aids, maps, and dozens of images illustrating aspects of the classical culture and mythology presented in the chapter readings .

Also included are expanded notes on the literary passages, comments on vocabulary, and translation tips; new comprehension and discussion questions; and new authentic classical Latin readings, including Roman grafitti in every chapter.


Praise for Wheelock's Latin:

new One of the new features of the 7th ed. is the introduction of Pompeian graffiti (Scripta in Parietibus in each chapter) which provide accessible texts with opportunities for discussion of Pompeian society, handwriting, spelling and other linguistic features. This is a considerable enhancement and along with the section Latina Est Gaudium – et Utilis, introduced by L. in the 5th ed, makes the book more lively and engaging. READ MORE. –Alan Beale

This website is a happy union of the ancient world, a classic 20th century textbook, and new millennium technology. Based on Professor Wheelock's original text, the revised edition provides clear grammatical explanations, readings based on ancient authors, and engaging art. READ MORE. –Carolyn Wilson

Generations of students have learned Latin successfully from Wheelock’s venerable text. LaFleur preserves the best features of the original book, while adapting it to 21st-century demands.–Professor Anne H. Groton, St. Olaf College

I started with Wheelock’s Latin, 6th Ed., in college as my first classroom text. I found the chapters to be well paced, dense but not onerous, and generally proceeded in a sequence that made sense and built on the obvious relationships to previous material. READ MORE. –Josh Roberts, Westminster Christian Academy, Watkinsville, GA

“High-schoolers respond enthusiastically to the authentic texts in Wheelock, and the book's thoroughness, clarity, and rigor ensure they are well prepared to read extended passages of real Latin.” –Paul Chenier, Harvard-Westlake School

“For those long familiar with [Wheelock’s Latin], the new edition shows the continuing vitality of a venerable pedagogical classic.” –Professor William Hyland, St. Norbert College

The new edition makes a world of difference.–Professor Robert A. Kaster, Princeton University

The sentences for translation have been tremendously improved; . . . expansion of grammatical explanations and advice about how to study Latin [appear in] almost all the chapters. –Professor Cecil Wooten, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the Classical Journal

Generations of students have learned Latin successfully from Wheelock’s venerable text. LaFleur preserves the best features of the original book, while adapting it to meet twenty-first-century demands.”–Professor Anne H. Groton, St. Olaf College

Over the years, the various editions, first prepared by Wheelock himself and then by his able successor, the eminent classicist Richard LaFleur, have preserved the genius of Wheelock's vision.... For those long familiar with [Wheelock's Latin,] the new edition shows the continuing vitality of a venerable pedagogical classic. –Professor William Hyland, St. Norbert College, in The Northeast Conference on Foreign Languages Review (reprinted with permission)

An excellent choice for the college classroom.... In the marketplace of introductory Latin texts Wheelock in the 6th edition remains the best. –Professors R. Scott Smith and Stephen Trzaskoma, University of New Hampshire, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review

The new cover art is attractive, the three maps are useful, and the numerous black-and-white illustrations are well-chosen from a wide range of ancient and later European art. –Professor Betty Rose Nagle, Indiana University, in The Classical Outlook

If you're nostalgic for the Latin you once had and lost, or if you'd like to attempt a self-taught course, Wheelock's Latin is your most likely route to success. Don't miss the sweet Foreword, written by Wheelock's filiae amantissimae. –Eleanor Edmondson, in Bas Bleu

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A lively, lovingly wrought Latin version of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, translated by noted Latinist Richard A. LaFleur (aka, Doctor Illa Flora).

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By Richard Upsher Smith, Jr.

Find ThemEcclesiastical, Medieval, and Neo-Latin Sentences offers Sententiae and Loci Immutati complete with notes, vocabulary, and grammar explanations for the 40 chapters of Wheelock’s Latin.

Find Them
By Sally Proctor

Find ThemVERBA MIXTA LATINA for Wheelock's Latin is an entertaining way for students to engage with Latin vocabuary. These puzzles can be enjoyed by and benefit Latin students at any level!



Grammaticus is the premiere study aid for Wheelock’s Latin, 7th Edition, for Android devices. Principium is the version for iPhone.


Scribblers, Scvlptors, and Scribes
By Richard A. LaFleur

ScribblersThis all new supplementary reader is designed to accompany the Wheelock's curriculum, but is also suitable for any Latin program.


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Wheelock's Latin GrammarQuick!

By Richard A. LaFleur, Brad Tillery

GrammarQuickA quick and complete overview of Latin grammar—both forms and usage—on six durably coated cards, five-hole punched for easy insertion into notebooks. Arranged by part of speech, with summaries of all forms and the most common syntax, including case uses and subjunctive clauses. An essential companion to Wheelock's Latin and all introductory texts, and a handy reference guide for intermediate and more advanced students as well.

**Cumulative Chapter Vocabulary Lists for Wheelock's Latin--the list for each chapter contains all the words for that chapter as well as for all chapters preceding! from Bolchazy-Carducci.

** Readings from Wheelock's Latin -- an extraordinary 4-CD audio package with recitations and dramatic performances available from Bolchazy-Carducci.


Online audio with a general introduction and pronunciation of all 40 chapter vocabularies (Macromedia Flash required). Simply click on the Audio Link in the menu above or go here.

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Originally intended as a sequel to Wheelock's Latin, this is the ideal text for any intermediate-level Latin course. Read not only classical authors but also medieval and late Latin writers.

Workbook for Wheelock's Latin

You will find in this essential companion to Wheelock's Latin  transformation drills, word power sections, reading comprehension questions and more.


Need a dictionary?

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This best-selling Latin mini-dictionary comes with a verbs and nouns supplement; numbers, dates and measures; plus an index of geographical names.

Harper Collins Latin Concise Dictionary

This is a Latin dictionary and grammar—two books in one. It also has supplements on Roman history, life and culture; words and phrases used in English; and more.


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