Latin for the New Millenium


NB: For questions about the Second Edition of LNM 1 and 2 click here

Why should students read post-antique Latin in Level 2 rather than more classical Latin?

Latin for the New Millennium follows a historical approach. Students read adapted passages of Latin from the classical authors in Level 1 and continue with adapted passages of Latin from post-classical authors in Level 2. This chronological approach allows students to understand how Latin was used throughout the millennia, how Latin has influenced and reflected the course of history, and how Latin plays a fundamental role in modern life. Latin for the New Millennium provides students the opportunity to learn about the western intellectual tradition through the adapted Latin writings of these great thinkers. See coauthor Terence Tunberg's essay on post-antique Latin.

Won't students forget how to read classical Latin after a year of reading post-antique Latin?

No, for several reasons. First, many of the post-antique authors were deeply influenced by the prose of Cicero and other classical authors and thus their own Latin writings show a Ciceronian or classical style of writing Latin. Secondly, every chapter of Latin for the New Millennium Level 2, contains a section of unadapted Latin from Nepos's Life of Atticus. Nepos was a classical Latin author and thus, reading this passage in each chapter, reinforces students' understanding of the norms and style of classical Latin.

What advantage will students receive by reading post-antique Latin?

In addition to seeing the role that Latin played in history, students will see the cross-curricular connections between Latin and history, Latin and English literature, Latin and science, Latin and the history of ideas, and much more. In this way students will become more culturally literate and will receive a better foundation in the liberal arts.

What if I (a teacher) have never read any works written by post-antique authors and I cannot translate the reading passage in the Level 2 chapters?

The reading passages in Level 2 are adapted from the original Latin and should not pose a problem for most Latin teachers. Moreover, the teacher's manual contains translations as well as background essays for the Latin readings.

Reading a connected story line set in ancient times teaches Roman culture. How will students learn classical culture without such a storyline?

The storyline in Latin for the New Millennium is the story of Latin literature, of the ancient Romans, and of their successors in the post-antique, medieval, and Renaissance periods. Each story presents some aspect of culture and, in addition, an English essay about an important aspect of classical and post-antique culture follows each unit. The teacher's manual also gives suggestions on how to use various parts of Latin for the New Millennium to discuss culture. Latin for the New Millennium's full color illustrations complement the text and visually present Roman culture and its influences.

I teach mixed-ability Latin classes. How will Latin for the New Millennium serve the needs of my students?

Latin for the New Millennium is a terrific match for a mixed-ability class. The workbooks provide reinforcement for students who need practice. The diversity of illustrations and their subject matter, along with the material in the reviews, serve as a springboard for students who enjoy additional research and inquiry. The electronic resources reinforce learning through very student-friendly activities. The auditory learners will appreciate the aural-oral components of the series.Latin for the New Millennium will serve well a heterogeneous classroom as well as an honors class or a regular college preparatory class.

What if I (a teacher) was never taught to speak Latin aloud or if I am uncomfortable with oral Latin?

The aural-oral exercises that coordinate with Latin for the New Millennium are in the teacher's manual only and the manual includes complete step-by-step directions on how to use these exercises in the classroom. The conversational dialogues, however, are in the student edition of both Level 1 and 2. It is the teacher's choice whether to use these dialogues in an oral format or to instruct students to read the dialogues or, perhaps, to skip the dialogues. Students can alternatively act out the dialogues.

Where are the answers to the exercises in the student edition and the student workbook?

The teacher's manual contains the answers to all the exercises in the student edition and the teacher's manual for the workbook has the answers to the exercises in the workbook.

Is there a testing program that accompanies Latin for the New Millennium?

Yes. In the Teachers' Lounge of the website dedicated to Latin for the New Millennium, there are questions to accompany each chapter of Level 1 and 2. These questions were written by Latin teachers for Latin teachers. The questions may be changed, if the teacher wishes, to reflect what was taught in a particular classroom. In addition, if a teacher or his/her school does not have a account, the teacher can also download those same questions as formatted Microsoft Word™ (.doc) files.

Where can I find the website dedicated to Latin for the New Millennium?

The website is at

How can the Teachers' Lounge help me as a teacher?

In the Teachers' Lounge, you can dialogue with other Latin for the New Millennium teachers, exchanging ideas, lesson plans, syllabi and more. You can download, for free, PDF maps from the book, reproducible worksheets, comprehension questions for the review essays, and readings from the workbooks with multiple choice comprehension questions. You can load and view teacher-created course materials for Latin for the New Millennium as well. You can download and use pre-made test questions in both .doc and formats. If you are teaching LNM, click here and request a login to the Teachers' Lounge. If you are considering adopting LNMclick to see a list of the Teachers' Lounge contents.

How can I use the Reproducible Comprehension Questions for Selected Workbook Latin Passages in the Teachers' Lounge?

The student workbook for Latin for the New Millennium Level 1 contains additional Latin readings. Teachers may assign these as in-class sight readings or as homework activities or use them another way as appropriate. For five of those readings, this free reproducible download contains a set of multiple choice comprehension questions that follow the reproduced Latin reading. Teachers may reproduce these as needed. An answer key is provided for teachers. Students are able to gain practice with the different kinds of multiple choice objective questions that so often appear on the NLE and on other standardized tests.

When should I use the Reproducible Exercise Worksheets that are provided in the Teachers' Lounge?

These supplementary worksheets should be used whenever they fit the needs of the students. Some are templates that can be used multiple times, such as the worksheets on conjugating verbs.

What are the Supplemental Latin Readings provided in the Teachers' Lounge?

Veteran Latin teacher and author Rose Williams volunteered to collate a set of additional Latin readings that coordinate with LNM 1 in terms of both complexity and subject matter. These Latin readings represent a variety of previously published and specially written sources and are available for free downloading for teachers to use as needed in class. The readings end with Chapter 12 of LNM 1 as the readings, grammar, and syntax at that point in the text provide sufficient Latin reading and practice for the students.

Is there anything at the Latin for the New Millennium website that will help my students?

Students can follow the link to join the eClassics social network. Some MP3 audio files for Latin for the New Millenniumare also available. Links Latinae present a set of helpful Internet sites with notes about their content.