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Augury Is for the Birds

Encounter the ancient Roman practice of augury, or bird divination—entirely in Latin!

Marcus, a young Roman boy, couldn’t care less about birds or their significance, even if they convey the divine will of Jupiter himself! He’d much rather train as a Roman soldier, just like his dad Titus. His dad, however, has other plans: he has arranged for Marcus to learn the ins and outs of interpreting bird signs from skilled augur Lucius. As Marcus finds, deciphering the gods’ plans for the future is hard enough—will he and his dad ever be able to come to an understanding about his own future?


Explore Latin: Aves

Explore the world of birds within an ancient Roman context—entirely in Latin! Using fewer than one-hundred unique Latin words, this Explore Latin reader offers an immersive introduction to the significance of birds in Roman culture and religion. From crows and ravens to eagles and owls, see how these creatures were represented in Roman (and Greek) imagery. Copious color photographs support the Latin text, helping to make information readily comprehensible to novice learners.


Lumina Artes Latinae Level 1: Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 Sample Online Course

Interested in learning Latin? Try the sample of Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 1 online course.

This sample online course is a thirty day free trial of Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 1, Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

This sample online course provides you with access to all of the Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 1 content for Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Complete unit activities, Reference Notebook, unit tests, and graded reader. Along with the content this sample course has a Q & A forum, questions posted in this forum will be answered by a Bolchazy-Carduccci Latin instructor. The teacher's guide material is available to parents of students using Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 1, Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

This is a thirty day trial, your thirty day access will begin the date you recieve your log in credentials.


Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 1 Self-Teaching Latin Online Course

Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 1 online course is available, now at a special introductory price of $75.00; the regular price is $100.00. The course is offered as a one-year subscription.

Lumina: Artes Latinae is an online self-teaching Latin course structured to accommodate multiple levels of students, each learning at his or her own pace in a classroom setting during independent study or homeschool setting.

Developed by Dr. Waldo E. Sweet of the University of Michigan for Encyclopedia Britannica, Lumina: Artes Latinae is an easy-to-follow course that includes all the tools a student needs to achieve a firm command of Latin. The course was carefully crafted and refined to suit the needs and abilities of a broad spectrum of students. Lumina: Artes Latinae meets existing foreign language requirements for high school graduation.


Under His Father's Wing, Marcus de Auguribus Discit

Encounter stories of ancient Greek and Roman augurs, special seers who interpreted bird signs—entirely in Latin!

Marcus, a young Roman boy, has been struggling to show his father Titus that he is simply not cut out for life as an augur. Why can’t he seek adventure and glory as a soldier? Titus, in turn, can’t quite get Marcus to understand the importance of augury, especially its role in keeping Roman soldiers safe. Titus has seen the dangers of war firsthand and fears for his son’s future. By telling Marcus stories of legendary Greek and Roman augurs, Titus hopes to convey some tough truths about military life—and why divining the gods’ will is essential. Along the way, he also reveals how augury has been woven into the fabric of Rome’s very existence.


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