Minimus Latin

Minimus Latin
is a unique course providing a lively introduction to the Latin language and the culture of Roman Britain with a highly illustrated mix of comic strips, stories and myths. The course centers on a real family who lived at Vindolanda in 100AD: Flavius, the fort commander, his wife Lepidina, their three children, assorted household slaves, their cat Vibrissa - and Minimus the mouse! It features many of the artifacts and writing tablets from the Vindolanda excavations.
  • Basic Latin grammar with comparisons to English
  • Vocabulary based on the life of a real Roman family
  • Motivating practice exercises
  • Illustrated myths and legends

Minimus introduces pupils to a real family that lived at Vindolanda (which is near Hadrian’s Wall) at the beginning of the second century AD. Through the family’s various adventures, pupils should learn something of what it meant to be invaded by the Romans, to serve in the Roman army, and to be the wife or child of someone serving in the army. Minimus gives pupils a taste of the language that the Romans spoke and brought to Britain, and which was so influential on the development of many other languages, especially English. Pupils will learn first and second declension nouns and present tense verbs. Minimus will help pupils understand English grammar, and extend their English vocabulary through the study of Latin.

“This is one amazing program . . . . Interesting, engaging and colorful . . . I high recommend this course!
-- The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Minimus I and Minimus II meet for one hour. (See schedule.) The average student should plan to devote approximately one hour or less each week to homework. Regular progress reports will be sent to parents.
  • Minimus: Students must be nine years of age by September 1st.
  • Minimus Secundus: Minimus.
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