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A novel in Latin

Ad Alpes: A Tale of Roman life

Learn about Roman history and life from a family on the road.

  • Improve your Latin: 200 pages in a classical Latin style for extensive reading.
  • Read and enjoy Latin: Interesting stories from classical authors and the Bible.
  • Read without the dictionary: Full Latin-English vocabulary.
  • Perfect for autodidacts, students and teachers.


Ad Alpes follows a Roman family travelling from Ephesus via Rome to the Alps. On their journey, they tell each other stories in Latin from the rich fountain of Roman literature and the Bible. 

Ad Alpes is both a novel with its over-arching narrative and Latin reader with a collection of interesting stories, fables, anecdotes and myths.


Paper back

  • Enjoy a 200-page story in Latin.
  • Become familiar with famous stories from antiquity and the Bible.
  • Easily look up words with the full Latin-English vocabulary.

Audio book

  • Practice instant understanding.
  • Learn the restored classical pronunciation.
  • Listen to Latin anywhere and everywhere on the go.

Selection of chapters

  • Pirates in the Aegean
  • Experience of Julius Caesar
  • Stasimus as an interpreter
  • Samson
  • David and Goliath
  • Inkeeper and doctor
  • Fall of Jericho
  • Ghost stories
  • Adventure with brigands
  • A night alarm
  • Stasimus and the irate farmer
  • Crossing the Rubicon
  • The inexperienced traveler
  • Dido’s treasure


Read An exciting story in Latin and understand it!

Anyone who wants to learn Latin well and truly acquire the language, will have to read an immense amount of text. This is oftentimes easier said than done. Slowly working through the canonical texts of Caesar or Vergil, often read in school, certainly has its place, but a learner needs to read much larger amounts of texts and enjoy the process.

Ad Alpes provides the learner not only with over 200-pages of classical Latin but with the central stories and anecdotes of classical literature, from both myth and history.

Thus anyone who reads and listens to the book so as to internalize the language will at the same time become familiar with the most famous passages from authors such as Livy, Horace, Suetonius, and Tacitus, to name but a few.


I first found this almost-forgotten gem of a Latin reader in a second hand bookstore many years ago. It was the best Latin reader I had ever seen.

Right away, I started recommending it as extensive reading material to my students. Finding copies of Ad Alpes, however, was a a real challenge.

That’s why together with Johan Winge, we decided to make this fantastic Latin reader/novel widely available again.

We’re now proud to present the new, revised edition of the 1928 gem Ad Alpes – A tale of Roman Life, written by Professor H.C. Nutting.

We have retained the beautiful original layout but have corrected several typographical errors, and updated some aspects of the English translations.

Preview the book

If you want to get an idea of the level and style of the Latin, there is a preview chapter available.


Click on the image below in order to dive right into the first chapters of Ad Alpes

Excerpt from the book, chapter 1
  • Central stories, anecdotes, and poetry from classical authors.
  • Macrons on long vowels.
  • Full Latin-English vocabulary.
  • Audiobook (Ch. 1–26) for listening to Latin on the go.
  • Stories from the Bible.
  • Over 200 pages for extensive reading in Latin.
  • Frequent repetition of common expressions and structures.
  • Historically authentic context.

Available worldwide.



  • Part 1 (Chapters 1–12): 1 hour and 51 minutes
  • Part 2 (Chapters 13–26): 2 hours and 42 minutes.
  • Part 3 (Chapters 27–40): Will be released later this year.
Format: Mp3

Ad Alpes: The Audiobook

Learning Latin well requires constant contact with the language which is not always possible with a book.

Since Ad Alpes is principally based on storytelling, it works very well as an audiobook.

There is now a professional studio recording of Ad Alpes. The audiobook is divided into three parts of 2 to 3 hours of runtime. Parts one (Ch. 1–12) and two (Ch. 13–26) are already available and part three (Ch. 27–40) will be released later this year.

Using the audiobook, you can practice listening comprehension, read along with the narrator in order to practice your own pronunciation or just listen and enjoy a long-form narrative in classical Latin. It works very well on its own as a pure audiobook or you can use it as a complement to the physical book.


Listen to preview chapters

Click on the play button below to listen to the chapters of the audiobook.

‘Aspice!’ inquit Pūblius. ‘Iam paucī cymbā parvā effugere cōnātūrī sunt. Vidē cymbam, quam effrēnātē in flūctibus saltet! Modo in cōnspectū est, modo aspicī nusquam potest. Nunc in eā sunt trēs hominēs! Iam rēmōs agere incipiunt. Attat! Nunc venit aquae mōns!
— Ad Alpes, p. 42

Frequently asked questions


How do I get the book?

The book is available from If you live in Europe you can get it from,,, or

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.