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Why Novellas?

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It’s been 600 years since Guarino Guarini was an advocate for a communicative
approach to teaching Latin (Musumeci 1997), yet the lack of understandable reading
material for the novice student persists even to this day. Furthermore, over 40 years of
Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research has confirmed that students must listen to
and read massive amounts of Latin—​that they understand​—in different contexts in order
to read fluently (i.e. speed + ease) for enjoyment, to bring texts back to life, and to
connect with the ancient world. ​Novellas provide these contexts​.

The new Latin novellas, first published in September of 2015, have been written with
sheltered (i.e. limited) vocabulary so the novice student can read Latin confidently ​after
knowing as few as 20 words! This sheltering provides frequent exposure to Latin’s core
vocabulary—more so than textbook narratives, or unadapted literary texts that seldom
repeat words. ​Novellas provide high-frequency repetition for the novice.

Our modern language colleagues have long since recognized the benefits of reading
compelling novellas with sheltered vocabulary—boasting selections of hundreds of titles
for teachers and students to choose from. For Latin, this is only the beginning…

Below are the currently available Latin novellas ​written with sheltered vocabulary​. There
are 31​ ​**Updated 8.24.18**

Historical Fiction
(​Classical Antiquity: The Pisoverse​)

Rūfus lutulentus​ (20 words)..............................................$7


Teacher’s Materials​ ​**NEW**​.............................$21
Was there a time when you or your younger siblings went through some kind of gross
phase? Rufus is a Roman boy who likes to be muddy. He wants to be covered in mud
everywhere in Rome, but quickly learns from Romans who bathe daily that it’s not OK
to do so in public. Can Rufus find a way to be muddy?

**NEW**​ ​Rūfus et Lūcia: līberī lutulentī​ (25-70 words)....$7


This collection of 18 stories supplies learners with additional input that could be used to
reinforce the vocabulary in each chapter of Rufus lutulentus. The expansions add details to
characters and events from Rufus lutulentus with the help from Adrienne Belzer's Lucia (from
Lucia: puella mala). This muddy duo have fun in the second of each chapter expansion with
entirely new scenes. As such, this text can be used as a Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) option
for all Latin students...
Pīsō perturbātus​ (36 words)..............................................$7
Piso minds his Ps and Qs..(and Cs...and Ns and Os) in this alliterative tongue-twisting
tale touching upon the Roman concepts of ​ōtium and n ​ egōtium. Before Piso becomes
a little poet, early signs of an old curmudgeon can be seen.

**NEW**​ ​Drūsilla in Subūrā​ (38 words)...........................$7


Drusilla is a Roman girl who loves to eat, but doesn’t know how precious her favorite
foods are. In this tale featuring all kinds of Romans living within, and beyond their
means, will Drusilla discover how fortunate she is? D​ rūsilla in Subūrā offers a glimpse
into multicultural Rome beyond the wealthy class. It works works well with any unit
on Roman apartment buildings, neighborhoods, social classes, and could be
well-suited for students interested in reading Petronius’ Cena Trimalchionis.

Rūfus et arma ātra​ (40 words)...........................................$7


Audiobook​............................................................$7
Teacher’s Materials​.............................................$21
Rufus is a Roman boy who excitedly awaits an upcoming fight featuring the best
gladiator, Crixaflamma. After a victorious gladiatorial combat in the Flavian
Amphitheater (i.e. Colosseum), Crixaflamma’s weapons suddenly go missing! Can
Rufus help find the missing weapons?

Rūfus et gladiātōrēs Student FVR Reader​ (49-104 words).........$7


**New Cover, Updated Glossary, and Lower Price!**​This collection of 28 stories supplies
each student with their own source of additional input to reinforce the vocabulary in each
chapter of Rufus et arma atra, adding details to certain characters and events from Rufus et
arma atra, and also additional, new cultural information about Rome, and gladiators. Can be
used as a Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) option for all Latin students, not necessarily a
workbook tied to Rufus et arma atra, specifically.

Drūsilla et convīvium magārum​ (58 words).......................$7


Drusilla lives next to Piso. Like many Romans, she likes to eat, especially peacocks!
As the Roman army returns, she awaits a big dinner party celebrating her father's
homecoming. One day, however, she sees a suspicious figure give something to her
brother. Who was it? Is her brother in danger? Is she in danger?

Agrippīna: māter fortis​ (65 words)....................................$7


Learning Latin via Agrippina Audio​ ​**NEW**​..............$14
Teacher’s Materials​ ​**NEW**​......................................$21
Agrippina is the mother of Rufus and Piso. She wears dresses and prepares dinner
like other Roman mothers, but she has a secret—she is strong, likes wearing armor,
and can fight just like her husband! Can she keep this secret from her family and
friends?

**NEW**​ ​Līvia: māter ēloquens​ (44-86 words)..................$7


Livia is the mother of Drusilla and Sextus. She wears dresses and prepares dinner like other
Roman mothers, but she has a secret—she is well-spoken, likes wearing togas, and practices
public speaking just like her brother, Gaius! Can she keep this secret from her family and
friends? Livia: mater eloquens includes 3 versions under one cover.
fragmenta Pīsōnis​ (96 words)...........................................$7
This collection of poetry is inspired by scenes and characters from the Pisoverse, and
features 50 new lines of poetry in dactylic hexameter, hendecasyllables, and scazon
(i.e. limping iambics)! fragmenta Pīsōnis can be used as a transition to the Pīsō Ille
Poētulus novella, or as additional reading for students comfortable with poetry having
read the novella already.

Pīsō Ille Poētulus​ (108 words)..........................................$7


Audio Poetry Album​..............................................$7
Teacher’s Guide​..................................................$21
Student Workbook​................................................$9
Piso is a Roman boy who wants to be a great poet like Virgil. His family, however,
wants him to be a soldier like his father. Can Piso convince his family that poetry is a
worthwhile profession? Features 22 original lines of dactylic hexameter.

Historical Fiction
(​Classical Antiquity​)

Lucia, puella mala​ (68 words)............................................$7


Lucia is a funny little girl. She likes frogs, and she likes playing in the mud. She
wishes she were a good girl, but she can't seem to help herself, and she is always
getting into trouble...

**NEW**​ ​Maximus et Caecilia​ (150 words).......................$7


"Maximus et Caecilia" is a tale of two Roman friends. Maximus teaches Latin to
Caecilia's chickens on her family's farm, until one day the evil Tarquinius shows up
and wants to take away the chickens. This leads to a conflict between Maximus and
Tarquinius. What will Caecilia do to save her friend, her farm, and her chickens? Who
else will help her and Maximus?

**NEW**​ ​Fortuna Fortibus Favet​ ​(190 words)...................$9


This is a choose-your-own-adventure style-novella intended for students at the end of
Latin II and beyond. It is set in Stabiae, a city near Pompeii, on the day of Vesuvius'
eruption. You will play as Antonia, a fourteen-year-old young woman with a little
brother named Crispus. You will meet historical figures along the way, as well as
having some difficult choices to make. What will you do? Will you - and your brother -
get out alive?
Adaptations
(​Classical Antiquity)​
Labyrinthus: A Latin Novella​ ​(120 words)............................$6.99
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.

Filia Regis et Monstrum Horribile​ (125 words)..................$7


Princess Psyche has everything going for her: wealth, fame, beauty, admirers . . .
until Venus the goddess of beauty becomes jealous and sends a terrible curse:
Psyche is condemned to marry a horrible monster who lives in a mysterious palace on
top of a mountain.

Via Periculosa​ (130 words)...........................................$6.99


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
the first year of study and beyond.

**NEW**​ ​Ego, Polyphemus​ (140 words)........................$6.99


Polyphemus the Cyclops' life is pretty simple: he looks after his sheep, hangs out in
his cave, writes (horrible) poetry, eats his homemade cheese . . . until one day a ship
arrives on his peaceful island, bringing with it invaders and turning his world upside
down. This novella, based on the works of Vergil and Ovid, is suitable for all beginning
readers of Latin. This novella uses only 140 unique Latin words--o ​ ver 90 of which are easy
Latin cognates​--making this an idea way for a beginning Latin learner with little vocabulary
knowledge to read an entire novella with ease.

Familia Mala: Saturnus et Iuppiter​ (140 words)...................$6.99


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 in their
first year of study (and beyond), this novella is an adaption of myth of Saturn
(Chronos) and his children retold into easy Latin.
Pluto: fabula amoris​ (148 words)......................................$6
​ eacher’s Guide​.................................................$10
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He was a lonely god trapped in a thankless job. She was a young goddess who didn't
even know she wanted to fall in love. How will they work together and will they stay
together?

**NEW**​ ​Camilla​ (187 words)...........................................$6


Camilla runs with the nymphs and hunts better than most men. She is nearly invincible in
the battlefield and it seems she cannot miss with either arrow or spear. Raised in the
woods by her father, only her great beauty differentiates her from the men she fights
alongside. Beauty that hides a deadly warrior just within. Will she find companionship
with the goddess Diana? Or will she seek to make her name known throughout history?

Eurydice: fabula amoris​ (206 words).................................$6


A girl just starting her journey, Eurydice finds herself thrust into a dark world from which
she may never return. Can her true love face death itself and defy fate?

Cloelia: puella Rōmāna​ (209 words)..................................$6


Cloelia is only ten years old when she finds herself at the center of one of Roman
history’s great turning points—the fall of the monarchy. Will she choose safety for
herself, or risk losing everything she knows to save others? Join Cloelia as she
navigates the dangers and choices a Roman woman faces in a man’s world. Learn
along with her from tales of courage, grief, and honor, including the stories of
Camilla, Kallisto, Lucretia, Mucius, Scaevola, and Horatius Cocles.

Perseus et Rex Malus (Puer Ex Seripho Vol 1)​ (300 words)......$7


On the island of Seriphos, lives Perseus a twelve-year-old boy living whose world is
turned upside down one day when the cruel king of the island, Polydectes, while
seeking a new bride, casts his eye upon Perseus’ mother, Danaë. The woman 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.

Perseus et Medusa (Puer Ex Seripho Vol 2)​ (300 words)..........$7


Perseus and his friends Xanthius and Phaedra face monsters, dangers, and
overwhelming odds in this exciting conclusion of "The Boy from Seriphos."
Translations

Dominus Quīxōtus: Eques Ultimus​ (270 words)................$8


An amusing, ironic, and—at the same time—tragic story. Don Quixote is an ordinary
Spaniard with an extraordinary imagination who believes that he must achieve great
feats to honor a lady. He falls in love with a waitress that he considers to be the ideal
lady. He and his companion, Sancho Panza, have adventures in which Don Quixote is
always mistaken about what he finds along the way while Sancho sees what is really
there.

Modern Translations & Original

Mārcus et Imāginēs Suae Bonae​ (143 words)...................$7


Marcus is a twelve-year-old boy that lives in Rome, Italy. His best friend is Aemilia.
Poor Marcus has one big problem. He does not like school. He does not like to do
homework. Besides, his teachers are really strange. Fortunately, Marcus has lots of
good ideas. He goes on adventures and thinks he has good ideas. Are they really?

Brandō Brown​ (125 words)...............................................$7


Teacher’s Guide​..................................................$69
Brandon (Brando) Brown really wants a dog, but his mother is not quite so sure. A
dog is a big responsibility for any age, much less a soon-to-be 9-year-old.
Determined to get a dog, Brandon will do almost anything to get one, but will he do
everything it takes to keep one...a secret?

Original Fantasy

Iter Mīrābile Dennis et Debrae​ (242 words).......................$6


This Latin story describes the adventures of Dennis and Debra, two friends who go on
a time-traveling odyssey to ancient Rome. There they meet the famous leader, Julius
Caesar, and that's just the beginning.

Itinera Petrī: Flammae Ducant​ (327 words)......................$7


For Peter, it was just another day of waking up to his mother yelling from the small
kitchen in the small house they shared. The image he saw in the bathroom mirror
that morning would change everything. Follow Peter in this first book of his journeys.
Other

Tres Fabulae Horrificae:​ ​Ghouls, ghosts and gruesome deeds in


graphic format for the intermediate Latin reader (440 words).......$15
Three scary stories in graphic format in Latin! The stories are designed for the
intermediate Latin student with limited vocabulary and grammar to ensure
readability. In addition, the book contains a full glossary, grammatical index and
description of the historical setting of each story.