Barbarus..est sermo fere omnis preter Latinum
"Latin is just about the only civilised language" wrote a schoolmaster in the 15th Century

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Extract of illustrated manuscript taken from the Bible of Saint Louis


Illustrated manuscript taken from a
near-original reproduction of the
Bible of Saint Louis
(M. Moleiro editor (source))

A selection of titles
published by Carolinne White,
Director of Oxford Latin
more information>>

Lives of Roman Christian Women by Carolinne White The Rule of St. Benedict by Carolinne White
Early Christian Lives by Carolinne White Christian Friendship in the Fourth Century by Carolinne White
The Confessions of St. Augustine by Carolinne White Early Christian Latin Poets by Carolinne White


Scorpio blanditur vultu, pars postera pungit
A scorpion presents an attractive face but its back part stings
Qualis vir, talis oratio
The way a man talks reveals his character