Publications

Newest Volumes in the series:

 

Daedalus and Icarus: A Tiered Latin Reader

Selections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Hyginus’ Fabulae

(Comprehensible Classics #8)

Daedalus and Icarus cover

 

A new, innovative approach to reading Roman authors.

Instead of using extensive vocabulary glosses and grammatical notes, this reader uses “tiered readings” of increasing complexity which allow readers of varying ability to begin reading right away and improve their Latin reading proficiency as they move from simple, adapted readings up to original, authentic classical texts by the Roman authors Ovid and Hyginus.

This volume includes marginal glosses of less common Latin vocabulary, illustrations, and a full glossary.

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(NOTE: The retail price is $11.99.  Some sellers have marked up the book significantly, but the book is print-on-demand and always available for the retail price (select “more buying choices”).  Also the shipping time is really within 5 days, not 1-2 months as the listing sometimes says.)

Duo Fratres: Familia Mala Vol. II

(Comprehensible Classics #9)

Duo Fratres

 

Sibling rivalry! Jealousy! Theft! Fire! War! Robots! Volcanos! Liver-Eating Vultures!

And the world’s first brain surgery!

After the great war between the Titans and the gods, Titan brothers Prometheus and Epimetheus engaged in a dangerous game of sibling rivalry that escalates into betrayal, theft, and the punishment of the gods in this sequel to Familia Mala: Saturnus et Iuppiter.

Written in simple Latin and illustrated throughout by the author, this novella gives beginner and intermediate Latin readers a ring-side seat to the drama.

One of the world’s most famous dysfunctional families is at it again!

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Ego Polyphemus

(Comprehensible Classics #7)

Ego Polyphemus

Level: Beginner

Unique Word Count: 155 (80+ English cognates)

Polyphemus the Cyclops’ life is pretty simple: he looks after his sheep, hangs out in his cave, writes (really bad) poetry, eats his cheese . . . until one day a ship arrives on his peaceful island, bringing with it invaders and turning his peaceful world upside down.

This novella, based on the works of the Vergil and Ovid, contains a large quantity of English cognates and is suitable for all beginning readers of Latin.

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Labyrinthus

(Comprehensible Classics #6)

Labyrinthus

LABYRINTHUS

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Unique Word Count: 125 (40 English cognates)

Princess Ariadna’s family is . . . well . . . complicated. Her father Minos, king of Crete, ignores her. Her mother is insane. Her half-brother is a literal monster—the Minotaur who lives deep within the twisting paths of the Labyrinth. When a handsome stranger arrives on the island, Ariadna is faced with the ultimate choice: should she stay on the island of Crete, or should she abandon her family and her old life for a chance at escape . . . and love? This novella is adapted from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Catullus’ “Carmen 64,” and is suitable for all novice readers of Latin.

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Currently Available Titles in the Comprehensible Classics series:

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Filia Regis et Monstrum Horribile

(Comprehensible Classics #1)

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Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Unique Word Count: 125

Originally told by the Roman author Apuleius, this adaptation of the myth of Psyche is an exciting fantasy adventure, full of twists, secrets, and magic. The reader will also find many surprising connections to popular modern fairy tales, such as “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

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Perseus et Rex Malus

(Puer Ex Seripho, Vol. 1)

(Comprehensible Classics #2)

Perseus et Rex Malus

Level: Intermediate

Unique Word Count: 300

On the island of Seriphos lives Perseus a twelve-year-old boy, whose world is abot turned upside down.  When the cruel king of the island, Polydectes, is seeking a new bride, he casts his eye upon Perseus’ mother, Danaë. The woman bravely refuses, setting in motion a chain of events that includes a mysterious box, a cave whose walls are covered with strange writing, and a dark family secret. “Perseus et Rex Malus” is the first of a two-part adventure based on the Greek myth of Perseus.

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Perseus et Medusa

Puer Ex Seripho, Volume 2

(Comprehensible Classics #3)

Perseus et Medusa

Level: Intermediate

Unique Word Count: 300

Perseus and his friends Xanthius and Phaedra face monsters, dangers, and overwhelming odds in this exciting conclusion of “The Boy from Seriphos.” This novel, consisting of only 300 unique Latin words (including close English cognates), is an adaptation of the myth of Perseus and Medusa, retold in the style of a young adult fantasy novel.

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Via Periculosa

(Comprehensible Classics #4)

Via Periculosa

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Unique Word Count: 130 (40 cognates)

Niceros is a Greek slave on the run in ancient Italy, avoiding capture and seeking his one true love, Melissa. However, a chance encounter at an inn sets in motion a harrowing chain of events that lead to murder, mayhem, mystery, and a bit of magic.

Loosely adapted from the Roman author Petronius, Via Periculosa (“The Dangerous Road”) is an exciting and surprising supernatural thriller suitable for Latin readers in their first or second year of study and beyond.

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Familia Mala: Saturnus et Iuppiter

(Comprehensible Classics #5)

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Level: Beginner

Word Count: 120 (35 cognates)

They’re the original dysfunctional family! Rivalry! Jealousy! Poison! Betrayal! Gods! Titans! Cyclopes! Monsters! Magical Goats!

Read all about the trials and tribulations of Greek mythology’s original royal family! Suitable for all novice Latin readers.

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Forthcoming Books in the Series

Coming summer 2019:

 

Pandora: A Latin Novella (Familia Mala Vol. 3)

(Comprehensible Classics #10)

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