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Pugio Bruti

A CRIME STORY IN EASY LATIN

Imagine reading a Latin text and understanding it.

  • Understand without translating: A compelling story in Latin.
  • Internalize the language: Small vocabulary with high repetition.
  • Get used to the style of ancient authors: a Classical style.
  • Read without a dictionary: Full Latin-English vocabulary.
  • Perfect for autodidacts, students and teachers.
 
 
 
 
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Pugio Bruti — A Crime Story in Easy Latin revolves around Terentia, whose father dies and leaves her with a dagger. The dagger holds a secret which drags the young woman out into the streets of Rome, fighting for the legacy of her father and for her own future.

 

Paper back

  • Read a compelling and excicing story.
  • Understand Latin as Latin without translating every word.
  • Internalize words and grammar.

Audio book

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

Online Course

  • Discover the book with video lessons in Latin.
  • Practice your understanding with quizzes.
  • Master the book with dialogues.
 
 
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BOOK

Read An exciting story in Latin and understand it!

“What can I read in Latin?” This is a common question. A crucial component of learning Latin is to read a lot of level appropriate, compelling texts. For Latin students and teachers such books can be hard to come by. Luckily, now we have Pugio Bruti!

This book is written with two things in mind; being a great study companion to the Latin student, teacher and autodidact, and being a great, enjoyable page-turning book.

The unique word count is less than 350 words, giving you easy Latin without compromising the exciting story. It is written as true to classical Latin as possible, while still being an accessible book to learners of Latin.

Preview the book

If you want to get an idea of the level and style of the Latin, there is a preview of the book and the audiobook below. Click on the image below in order to dive right into the first chapters of Pugio Bruti: A Crime Story in Easy Latin.

Excerpt from the book.
 
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  • Easy Classical Latin.
  • Grammar is not sheltered.
  • Macrons on long vowels.
  • Full Latin-English vocabulary.
  • Stylistic features, phraseology and dialogue patterns from Plautus, Terentius and Petronius.
  • 20 original illustrations.
  • "Easter-egg" references to classical literature, such as famous phrases.
  • Historically authentic context.
  • Compelling, exciting story.
  • Less than 350 unique word count.

Available worldwide. Ships, for the time being, from North America.

 
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Audiobook


If you want twice as much fun—and twice as much Latin!—there is also a studio recording of the book available, with a runtime of 102 minutes.

With the audio, you can practice your listening comprehension, read along with the narrator to practice your own pronunciation or listen for the pure enjoyment of listening to a good story in Latin. It works very well on its own as a pure audiobook or you can use it as a complement to the physical book.

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Listen to the first chapters

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

 
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Considering the restrictions that the limited vocabulary imposes it is remarkable how varied and engaging a story Amelie and Daniel have managed to create. Add to this the fact that the book, from the start to the climactic and surprising end, is written in a meticulously researched idiomatic language modelled on classical authors, and it is clear that we have here a Latin novella that is a treat not only to the supposed target audience, but to more advanced learners as well.
— Johan Winge
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Pugio Bruti Online course

So that you can get as much Latin as possible from Pugio Bruti, a course to accompany the book is available online.

The course includes:

Input and Practice
  • 29 video classroom lessons where Daniel teaches each chapter in Latin.
  • 10 Video summaries in Latin
  • Extra reading material: 10 New dialogues to enrich the story.
  • Reading and listening comprehension quizzes in Latin
  • Recordings and translations of passages from Roman authors on topics connected to Pugio Bruti.
  • Crossword puzzles
Understanding
  • Detailed commentaries in English for every chapter exaplaining lexical, morphological and syntactical aspects.
  • History lessons to deepen the understanding of the historical context of Pugio Bruti.
  • Study tips
  • Full Latin-English Glossary of every word form in the book
  • Supplemental teacher materials
 
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Una storia coinvolgente di una latinità impeccabile; un libro ideale per iniziare agli autori chi abbia completato lo studio della morfosintassi.
— Alessandro Conti, insegnante di latino, Verona.
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About the authors

 

Daniel Pettersson, M.A., is co-founder of Latinitium and is currently teaching Latin at Stockholm University where he is also working on his PhD dissertation on Humanist Colloquia. Daniel believes in the importance of Latin literature in the modern world, and that you can teach yourself Latin with the right motivation, method and material.

 
 

Amelie Rosengren, M.A. and co-founder of Latinitium, is a published author, illustrator and historian. She specializes in daily life, has a soft spot for historic curiosities, and works as a museum educator at the world’s oldest open-air museum, Skansen.

 
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Pugio Bruti in the classroom

Pugio Bruti is written so that it can be used as reading and study material for schools.

If you wish to use it with your class, or your school, please do! It is written with that purpose in mind. The Online Course (see above) will minimize preparation time for teaching using Pugio Bruti.

Discounts

Our retailer, Lulu.com, gives you automatic discounts when ordering in bulk (15 copies or more). The more you order, the bigger the discount.

Lulu continuously runs promotions on books and shipping, so keep an eye out for additional discounts.

For discounts larger orders contact us at info@latinitium.com.

 
 

Frequently asked questions

 

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.

In 2019 we will also publish an online course based on the book, where we will also provide 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.

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 100 copies, contact Lulu.com and they will give make sure to work out a fair price. Learn more here or call them: 1-919-447-3244

 
 
 

Meet the characters

This is Ursula. She is a slave in the household of Quintus Clodius Crescens. Actually, she is THE slave of his household, the only slave. She’s a small, very brusque woman, but she has a warm heart (something she would never admit).

This is Ursula. She is a slave in the household of Quintus Clodius Crescens. Actually, she is THE slave of his household, the only slave. She’s a small, very brusque woman, but she has a warm heart (something she would never admit).

This is Quintus Clodius Crescens. Clodius, for he goes by that name, is very good at finding things. Or rather; he is good at finding other people’s things, not his own. A word to the wise though - he likes wine, lots of it.

This is Quintus Clodius Crescens. Clodius, for he goes by that name, is very good at finding things. Or rather; he is good at finding other people’s things, not his own. A word to the wise though - he likes wine, lots of it.

This is Terentia. She is a young Roman woman who has just lost her father. He left her something on his deathbed though, something that drags her out on a search through the streets of Augustan Rome.

This is Terentia. She is a young Roman woman who has just lost her father. He left her something on his deathbed though, something that drags her out on a search through the streets of Augustan Rome.

This is Oeneus. He’s the inn-keeper of the inn called ”Asina” in Rome. It is not a very fine establishment, but he’s got plenty of customers. Lately, it seems to him, that many of them seem to be looking for something. Lucky for him, some of them are willing to pay for information.

This is Oeneus. He’s the inn-keeper of the inn called ”Asina” in Rome. It is not a very fine establishment, but he’s got plenty of customers. Lately, it seems to him, that many of them seem to be looking for something. Lucky for him, some of them are willing to pay for information.

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