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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Latin Lexicon Server is down until IT fixes the firewall...

I'm very sorry that the server is down at the moment. The university's IT department is dragging its feet on the firewall rules. We've put in a request for a rush! Hopefully it will come back online today. 


  1. I’m surprised that “Numen - The Latin Lexicon - An Online Latin Dictionary” has been down so long. You would think something as simple as a firewall issue could be resolved fairly quickly.

    This has actually been a good experience for me however. I was utilizing the “Latin Lexicon” website as a crutch for learning my verbs as opposed to memorizing all of the paradigms.

    I had already mastered the noun, pronoun, adjective, and adverb paradigms, using the “Dowling” method, but I was dragging my feet with verbs because of the sheer volume; 140+ forms for the average Latin verb!

    I constructed paradigm tables in an MS Excel worksheet using the "Summarium Formarum" from the back of the "Wheelocks" text. I then began writing out all of my previously learned verbs in ALL of their conjugated forms.

    This is the same method I used to memorize the paradigms of the other parts of speech I previously mentioned.

    It seemed daunting at first but I was surprised how easy it was and how quickly I retained the paradigms. I barely look back at the tables now and mostly just to check my work when I’m done.

    Thanks to Professor William C. Dowling at Rutgers University for creating the short booklet:
    “Latin by the Dowling Method”

    If you really want to accelerate your Latin learning, start there. Then move on to the “Lingua Latina” series by Hans H. Orberg.
    It’s a wonderful immersion method that seems childlike in the first few chapters but quickly introduces more and more grammar as well as a more interesting storyline. You can purchase the books on Amazon.

    Did I mention it’s completely in Latin? No English at all; unless you get the small student manual, “Latine Disco”, to accompany the book. There is also a College Companion for the Orbergs’ first book “Familia Romana” but it is basically an elongated version of the little student manual and is written by another author who simply lifts all of the text from the Orbergs’ student manual and then adds to it.

    In any event that book can be found free to read online at:

    By the way, don’t throw out your Wheelock books. They are a great resource; just not the best method for learning Latin.

    Remember to write out ALL of your vocabulary as you learn it. That means to fully decline all of your nouns, pronouns, and adjectives including the positive, comparative, and superlative forms. Don’t forget forming your adverbs either.

    Then with your verbs, conjugate, conjugate, and conjugate all of the forms including the active and passive voices, the indicative, imperative, and subjunctive moods in all of their tenses, the infinitives, the participles, the supines, the gerunds, etc. Did I forget anything?

    Oh yeah, don’t forget to have fun with it.

  2. Thanks for your comments. I want you to know that the site is back up now.


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