How do I get the book?
The book is available from amazon.com. If you live in Europe you can get it from amazon.co.uk, amazon.fr, amazon.it, amazon.es or amazon.de.
Is it suitable for autodidacts wanting to improve their Latin?
Yes! It’s a perfect book for extensive reading: the full Latin–English vocabulary and frequent explanations on grammar make Ad Alpes very accessible for learning on your own.
The structure of the book also makes for good chunks around which to plan your studies.
Is there an audiobook version?
Yes! There is a three-part professional studio recording. Part 1 (chapters 1–26) and part 2 (chapters 13–26) are available here. Part 3 (ch. 27–40) will be released later this year. If you want it early, you can join as a Sodalis Laureatus here on Patreon, where we upload each new new chapter as soon as its finished in post-production. We also publish new videos in Latin every Friday.
How large is the vocabulary?
The vocabulary is approximately three thousand words, of which the vast majority consists of the highest-frequency words in classical Latin.
Is grammar sheltered?
The grammar is not sheltered. The full range of Latin grammar is used.
How much Latin do you have to know to read it?
That’s a tricky question. Since it contains a full Latin-English vocabulary, anyone with a good grasp of Latin grammar could read it; someone who has gone through a good larger Latin textbook such as Familia Romana (the first volume of Lingua Latina per se illustrata) carefully would be able to read Ad Alpes without too much trouble. The full vocabulary list at the end of the book as well as the footnotes will be of great help.
Can it be used as a textbook?
Yes. Since it contains a very wide selection of stories from ancient Rome and the Bible, you could easily select and teach the most suitable. The level of the Latin is even all through the book. The added bonus is that a good part of the stories is only slightly altered so the students will be reading 2000 year old texts.