Latin/Chapter 1 Verse

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Latin I prose[edit]

Lesson Vocabulary
Latin English
fulgeo, -ere to shine
aperio, -ire to open
dormio, -ire to sleep
habeo, -ere to have
semper always
tempto, -are to try
dico, -ere to speak, say
femina woman
facio, -ere to make
ecce! look!
velle:
volo
vis
vult
volumus
vultis
volunt
to wish, want:
I want
you want
he/she wants
we want
you want
they want
turba crowd
attonitus astonished
tantus, -a, -um so great
susurro, -are to whisper
patefacio, -ere to open, disclose
rideo, -ere to laugh

The following is a nice easy short story for the Latin novice:


Lucius ad forum it[edit]

Sol fulget. Lucius oculos aperit. Videt uxorem suam, Octaviam. Octavia dormit. Ergo, Lucius ad forum it.

Lucius multos amicos habet. Unus ex amicis Claudius est. Claudius semper in foro est. Claudius temptat dicere cum feminis, quod Claudius multas feminas amat. Multae feminae, tamen, Claudium non amant.

Lucius ad forum ambulat. Multos Romanos videt. Unus Romanorum ad cives orationem facit. Est Claudius!

"Ecce! Ecce!" dicit Lucius. Lucius vult dicere cum amico. Claudius, tamen, dicit ad turbam.

"Amicus meus, Lucius" dicit, "hominem necavit."A

Lucius anxius respondet, "Quid dicis, amice?"

Claudius est attonitus. Dicit, "Te non video, mi Luci..."

Lucius respondet, "hominem non necavi! Cur tanta dicis?" Claudius sussurat, "Volo videriB fortissimus, amice. Feminae te amant. Me dolentC."

Lucius omniaD turbaeE patefacit.

Multae feminae ad Claudium misserimum rident. Mox, etiam Claudius ad se ridet.



  • A Necavit is the perfect form of necare, meaning "he killed." For more, check out the next chapter.
  • B Videri means "to appear," (or more literally, "to be seen") and is the passive infinitive of video. There is more on that in chapters 2-4.
  • C Me dolet means "makes me suffer".
  • D Omnia means "everything".
  • E turbae is the dative case of "turba", meaning "to the crowd".