I have decided not to teach Henle Latin 3 next year. Henle Latin 1 and Henle Latin 2 are torture enough. I can’t even imagine the thought of adding Henle Latin 3.
Just typing the paragraph above released truckloads of endorphins into my system and brought tears of joy to my eyes.
Henle 3 is a primer on the writings of the famous Roman orator, Cicero. I will be looking for an alternative text, and I will personally be working my way through Henle 3 next year, but I will not be teaching the book live. That day may come, but I am not looking forward to it.
At this point, I do plan to take students through the challenging Roma Aeterna by Hans Ørberg. Anyone who has completed Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg is welcome to join. Be prepared, though. Roma Aeterna is not for the faint of heart. Tough, tough book.
If you are a Henle Latin student and you would like to join the Roma Aeterna class, you must read Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg over the summer. If you have completed Henle Latin 1, you have the grammatical training to do so. That’s the good news.
Since, however, Henle Latin teaches only 450 words, you are woefully unprepared for what you will face in Roma Aeterna. That’s the bad news.
If you read Lingua Latina this summer, and if you learn the vocabulary, you will be better prepared for what you will face in Roma Aeterna. Even then, it will still be a challenge.
Just to be clear, if you plan to join the Roma Aeterna class, you must read Lingua Latina first.