How do I get the book?
The book is available from lulu.com.
Can I get the book from Amazon?
No. Amazon no longer supports Latin as a language for direct publishing, so instead we have turned to the more Latin-friendly Lulu.com.
How do I get the Audiobook?
The audiobook is available right here.
Is it suitable for autodidacts wanting to improve their Latin?
Yes! It’s a perfect book for extensive reading: the full Latin–English vocabulary make Pugio Bruti very accessible for learning on your own. If you’re unsure about the level, be sure to read the first chapter above.
There is an online-course planned for the book as well, that will help you go through vocabulary, grammar, reading and listening comprehension, and history. The course will be available in early 2019.
How large is the vocabulary?
The vocabulary is approximately 350 unique words.
Is grammar sheltered?
The grammar is not sheltered. The full range of Latin grammar is used. However, sentences are not too long nor too difficult but kept to a level that makes grammar constructions common to Latin literature feel easy and familiar to the reader. This gives you the opportunity to practice and master your ablative absolutes, accusative with infinitives, etc., while feeling in control of the grammar, and enjoying the story.
How much Latin do you have to know to read it?
That’s a tricky question. We recommend you read the first chapter above or listen to it if you’re interested in the audiobook. It does contain a full Latin-English vocabulary, so fret not, should you not understand a some words.
The book repeats words in different ways so that a word you might not understand to begin with, will become a natural part of our own vocabulary once you’ve finished the book.
If you are a complete novice to the Latin language, we recommend you read the first half of Familia Romana (the first volume of Lingua Latina per se illustrata) first and then dive into the exciting story that is Pugio Bruti.
Is there a course for this book?
Yes! You can find it here. In the course, you will practice your understanding of Latin and deepen your knowledge, utilize words and grammar from the book and put your listening and reading abilities to the test. You will also learn more about Rome itself and the context in which the book takes place, as well as get a taste of ”real” Latin from Antiquity. The course also provides teaching materials so that if you’re a teacher you can take the course and then use all the materials provided in the course in your own class. No prep!
Can it be used as in the classroom?
Yes. This book is perfect for classroom settings.
The Latin-English vocabulary provides you with all the vocabulary that you need. The chapters are kept short so that it can be easily divided into lessons. It is also illustrated to enable exercises and help students understand the text. Since the book doesn’t shelter grammar you can also use it to practice and illustrate constructions common to the Latin language.
The story is set in a historically authentic context, Augustan Rome, so that it can also be used for small history lessons and discussions about ancient Rome and Roman life. The text is sprinkled with references to famous phrases to enable even deeper discussions.
We made sure to give the characters in the book many layers so that they too can be used as discussion topics in class.
There is now an online video course for Pugio Bruti, with videolessons in Latin, exercises, and detailed commentary on the language of the text. See above. We created it to minimize preparation time for teaching. You can read more about it here and read this review by teacher Jessie Craft.
If I buy more than one book, is there a discount?
Yes. Our retailer, Lulu.com, automatically provides discounts on orders of 15 copies or more. The discount gets bigger the more you buy.
If you’re buying copies for a school and want to bulk order more than a 20 copies, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure to work out a fair price.