Some introductory remarks

The files presented here for download have been - except where otherwise clearly indicated - created by me. They represent no great amount of creativity but quite a bit of hard work transcribing the texts. The most important ones are Walter Ripman's Classified Vocabulary and Carl Meissner's Latin Phrase Book, two absolutely essential books for learning Latin vocabulary and idioms respectively. These are really must-haves and completely free, so have a look.

In some cases I have also uploaded the plain text files I used to generate the actual documents. These include some simple mark-up allowing to easily create differently formatted versions using scripts (e.g. VBA for Microsoft Word). Do not hesitate to create your own version, that is why I uploaded the text files. I would appreciate it, of course, if you would acknowledge me (Carolus Raeticus) as the transcriber of the original text.

In case you should find an error (there should not be many left as I think that I have been quite diligent), please drop me a line (see Contact in the side panel).

Learning Latin

  • Collar and Daniell's Beginner's Latin Vocabulary (based on the list without macrons hosted by downloaded on June 1, 2010): Practice-Version, Review-Version
  • Paul B. Diederich's Basic Vocabulary: This vocabulary list comprises about 1,500 words. Contrary to many other word lists, however, these word literally count, as the list is based on frequency analysis of anthologies covering ancient Latin prose and poetry, and medieval Latin. According to Diederich, these words cover 83.6 % of the vocabuary of the analysed texts.
    • If your mother tongue is Italian, than have a look at the Dizionario Frequenziale Latino (PDF, 3.6 MB) by Grifoni & Bucci, a very good edition of Diederich's word list.
  • Paul B. Diederich's Basic Vocabulary - The "Lodge" Edition (last change: October 12, 2010): The same as above, however, with the English meaning taken from the 1922-dictionary "The Vocabulary of High School Latin" by Gonzalez Lodge. The data is also available as a TAB-limited text file so that you can do with it whatever you want.
  • Word frequency according to Paul B. Diederich's "The frequency of Latin words and their endings" (April 18, 2011): This TAB-limited text file is not a topical dictionary but rather a list of word frequencies in anthologies of Latin prose, poetry, and medieval texts as given by Paul B. Diederich in his aforementioned paper. You can use it to create your own vocabulary lists for the type of text you are interested in.
  • Walter Ripman's "Classified Vocabulary" (version 2.0) (31 August 2011): This topical dictionary is a must-have for anyone. It is the basis for Evan Millner's "Vocabulary Building" audio files and helps a lot in coming to terms with Latin vocabulary (PDF, 90 pages, file size about 700 KB). The PDF is designed to for 2 pages of the file to be printed on 2 sides of a A5-sheet. As for how to use it, please read the following Textkit-posting. And here is the plain text input file.
    • Walter Ripman's "Classified Vocabulary", Bite-sized (25 July 2013): A single html-page providing 1 random entry per major section of Ripman's opus. Press F5 or Ctrl-R to reload the page, and a fresh set is generated. No connection to the Internet required. NOTE: do not link this file directly. Otherwise you will generate 362 kb download traffic every time you refresh the page.
  • Walter Ripman's "Classified Vocabulary" - (P)LATINUM edition (31 August 2011): This version has been especially adapted to Evan Millner's "Swallowing the Dictionary" audio files accompanying his LATINUM audio course and also based on the "Classified Vocabulary". The more important mistakes in the audio files (as bought in May 2010) have been marked in the text itself and are listed in an appendix. And here is the plain text input file.
  • Carl Meissner's "Latin Phrase Book" (29 October 2015): This is Carl Meissner's Lateinische Phraseologie (6th edition) as translated by H.W. Auden (1894). Contrary to Ripman's Classified Vocabulary Meissner's work focuses on phrases (PDF, 152 pages, file size about 822 kb). And here is the plain text input file. The version I donated to Project Gutenberg can be found on its PG-project page.
    • Carl Meissner's "Latin Phrase Book", Bite-sized (2 January 2015): A single html-page providing 1 random entry per major section of Meissner's work Press F5 or Ctrl-R to reload the page, and a fresh set is generated. No connection to the Internet required. NOTE: do not link this file directly. Otherwise you will generate 478 kb download traffic every time you refresh the page.
    • Carl Meissner's "Latin Phrase Book", Unleashed (v1.1) (19 November 2015): This is the grown-up HTML-version (zipped) of Meissner's Latin Phrase Book. It provides various ways to access and display the book's contents. Recommended version!
  • Exercises contained in George J. Adler's "Latin Phrase Book" (24 December 2015, v1.1): My transcription of all 172 sets of Exercises contained in George J. Adler's Practical Grammar of the Latin Language (1858), both the English sentences from the textbook and the Latin translations from the Key prepared by the author himself (zipped file containing an html-version and the plain text input file, about 417 kb).
  • Key to Arnold's Latin Prose Composition (revised by G. G. Bradley) (10 January 2016, v1.0): My transcription of the Key to G. G. Bradley's "A Practical Introduction to Latin Prose Composition" (about 229 kb). Please do not deeplink to this file. I intend to upload it to Project Gutenberg once the transcription has "settled." You can also download the original scan used for the transcription about 1.3 MB).
  • Latin Word Order: A Glimpse into the Vaults (23 January 2016, v1.1, about 220 kb): Transcription (except for one part taken from Project Gutenberg) of primary sources about Latin word order (and the Period). A PDF-version (0.5 MB, strictly for printing) is also available.
    • ANKI-Deck Adler Exercises (21 May 2016, about 624 kb): ANKI-deck with the Exercises 1-171, each card containing a self-contained Q&A-set (front English, back Latin). Each card has 2 tags identifying the Exercise and Lesson it belongs to.


  • Latin word study with Notepad++ (8 May 2015): Tutorial about using regular expressions for word study using the Windows text-editor Notepad++.
  • The Frequency of Latin Words and their Endings by Paul B. Diederich (1939). This is a pdf-print of the transcription of Diederich's paper originally hosted on William Whitaker's (creator of the dictionary WORDS) web-site (now defunct). Since Mr. Whitaker died in late 2010 I decided to host these files (zip-file, 418 kb, containing pdf versions of the original html pages) to ensure their availability. Alternatively you can also access them via's Wayback Machine.
  • Brunck's Latin prose version of Aristophanes' Lysistrata (23 August 2015). This version improves on the one produced by me for Project Gutenberg (see PG-text #49764) by including stage directions and alternative actor names from a 1924-Loeb-edition. You can download a HTML-version or a plain TEXT-version.
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