The Fābulae Mīrābilēs series is designed for beginning-level Latin students. The books are particularly aimed at a TPR- and TPRS-based curriculum but their focus on high-frequency words and structures will complement any textbook series. Engaging stories and natural, easy-to-read language make these books a wonderful introduction to reading extended Latin. They also reinforce cultural knowledge, since each story draws inspiration from Greco-Roman mythology and other familiar tales.
Parcae fīlum tortum texunt. The fates weave a twisted tale.
Students will love following the stories of modern teenagers drawn into the world of Roman myth, and since each book contains a full Latin-English glossary, the stories can be read together in the classroom or independently at home. Even higher-level students will enjoy the simple yet entertaining format — a perfect way to review and reinforce fundamental skills. Two books are currently available on Amazon and other online booksellers.
Clāvis Apollinis, the Key of Apollo, is the first book in the Fābulae Mīrābilēs series. Quentin is a typical boy who loves sports and games but doesn’t care for school. An unexpected gift from a facetious god gives him a new outlook on legends and heroes, and the courage to impress a girl that he’s fallen in love with. Clāvis Apollinis can be read very early in almost any Latin curriculum. The book uses only 160 vocabulary items, a third of which are easy cognates like mūsica and common conversational phrases like Salvē and Nōmen mihi est. This introductory book focuses on core usage of noun cases and verb conjugations. Most of the vocabulary and structures are introduced in the first chapter, so students can read with increasing independence.
Iter Īcarī, the Voyage of Icarus, is the second book in the series. We all know the woeful tale of Icarus. But what really happened when he flew too close to the sun? What if he found himself at the feet of Athena in the Nashville Parthenon? Would anyone believe him? Would Athena hear him? Iter Īcarī uses approximately 300 vocabulary items, half of which are introduced in Clāvis Apollinis, the first book of the series. The book includes thorough usage of all noun cases and present-tense verb conjugations within the context of a meaningful and easy-to-follow narrative. Each chapter begins with a quote from authentic Latin literature, with sources and translations provided at the end of the book, to further build students’ curiosity for classical literature. Preview Iter Īcarī on Amazon.
Regardless of our curriculum, we Latin teachers share a common goal for our students. We want our students to be able to read Latin with confidence. We want them to understand how the language works and appreciate its beautiful poetry and rhetoric. The Fābulae Mīrābilēs series is designed specifically with that goal in mind. I want your students to love the experience of reading Latin. I want them to be able to read and understand Latin as if it were their own language. I want them to learn to apply patterns for noun declension and verb conjugation in a natural and meaningful way. Please feel free to contact me if you would like help with incorporating the Fābulae Mīrābilēs series into your curriculum. Teacher materials for the series are in planning and will be available here for free.