Latin Language and Literature Resources


Latin was the language used in ancient Rome and throughout Europe during the middle ages. The Latin language has a strong heritage and presence in the literary world, including ancient inscriptions, poems, and plays. It has had a major influence on other languages and is credited to giving origin to languages such as: Italian, French and Spanish.


There were two types of Latin; Vulgar Latin and Classic. Vulgar Latin was more common spoken among by Romans, while Classical Latin was used to educate Romans and is used by the Roman Catholic Church.


Today Latin is still used by botanists and zoologists to name and reference species of plants and animals.




Students Studying the Latin Language


Latin Texts – Useful Websites for Students of Classics.


Beginners Latin - A beginner's guide to learning Latin.


English to Latin - Exercise to help understand English to Latin translations and syntax

Grammar Aids - Help with Latin grammar and vocabulary. Includes review of verbs, nouns, adjectives and general grammar explanations.

Grammatica - A complete Latin grammar study guide outlined and in detail.

Latin Grammar - Online tutorial to help students master Latin grammar and syntax.

Latin Nouns - Learn the differences between singular and plural Latin nouns.

Omniglot - Online encyclopedia of Latin writing systems and languages.

Study Guide Latin 1 - Study guide for Latin 1 National Latin Exam.


The Latin Verb - A complete study guide dedicated to the different types of Latin verbs.

Verbs - Verb review and help for student wishing to practice translating English verbs to Latin.

Verb Tense - Latin verb tense quiz given in multiple choice format.




Latin and English Translating Dictionaries


Dictionary - Free English and Latin translations


Glossary - Complete glossary list of English words which have been translated into Latin.

Latin Central - A dictionary of Latin terms translated into English. This dictionary can be used to help form Latin sentences.

Latin to English - Entering search terms in English to find the Latin translation and definition.

IngvoSoft Online - Latin language, alphabet, grammar and pronunciation rules.

Words - A Latin to English style dictionary including 39,000 items. This is a tool to help in simple translations for a beginning Latin student.



Latin Literature


About Latin Literature - A collection of famous Latin poems and literary works.


Ancient Roman Literature - Studies and reviews ancient Roman literature .

Albertano of Brescia - Albertano of Brescia resources, texts and bibliography.

Book of Emblems - Latin and English text of Andrea Alciato’s poems in the Book of Emblems.

Caesar- A biography of Julius Caesar.

Corpus Scriptoum Latinorm - Search engine for Latin literature .

Gallic War - Translated works of Julius Caesar.

History of Latin Literature - Overview of the history of Latin literature.

Latin Literature- Listen to an audio of classical Latin and Greek literature.

Latin Literature Encyclopedia - Learn about Latin literature.

Periods of Latin Literature
 – The major periods of Latin literature.

Popular Latin Literature - Popular Latin literature books.

The Consolation of Philosophy- Translation of the The Consolation of Philosophy, composed by Boethiius.



Latin For Visitors and Tourists


Common Latin Phrases - Latin phrases used in everyday speech.

Italian Business Travelers - Guide to help people traveling to Italy on business or pleasure..

Latin America Study Guide - Study guide, terms and questions.


Latin Flashcards - Flashcards to help you learn Latin .

Student Travel Guides - Guide for students looking to travel.


The Latin Tourist - Collection of Latin phrases for tourists.

Quick Guide - A quick guide to learning Spanish for those traveling to Latin America countries.


NYU Latin Language and Literature Resources

Department of Classics

Integrated programs in the literatures and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome


Department of Classics FAQ's


Department of Comparative Literature
Study and analysis of important works of literature


Department of Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literatures
- Interest in the Spanish and Portuguese languages, and/or in the literatures and cultures of Spain and Portugal, Spanish America, and Brazil, can take a wide range of interdisciplinary courses with a world-class faculty.



Latin Programs

NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
 - Create a network of people interested in the region, and we collaborate to further expand Latin American and Caribbean studies.


NYU Latin Honors Program - given to Baccalaureate degree recipients who have achieved a high cumulative grade point average (GPA) and completed their school's minimum number of points in residence.



What do the language courses cover?  What do the titles mean?  

Elementary Latin I or Elementary Greek I is the first half of the first year college introductory course sequence, offered each fall; Elementary Latin II or Elementary Greek II is the second half of the introductory sequence, offered each spring.  Intermediate Latin I (prose, usually Cicero, Caesar, or Petronius) is the first half of the second year course, offered each fall; the sequence continues with Intermediate Latin II (poetry, usually Vergil), offered each spring.  Intermediate Greek I (Plato) is the second year course, offered each fall; Intermediate Greek II (Homer) each spring.  To fulfill NYU's foreign language requirement, College students must complete the Intermediate II course, that is, the spring term of the second or Intermediate year of the language sequence.  After completing the Intermediate sequence (or its equivalent), students take the third year or Advanced course, which they may take more than once (see below). 







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