Learn Latin with Harry Mount Part Three

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Welcome to Harry Mount’s online Latin course.

Latin – the universal key to Romance languages. Latin – the language that dominated Europe, from Hadrian’s Wall to north Africa, from the Atlantic coast to the Aegean Sea. Latin – the really easy-to-learn language.

OK, it isn’t so easy to compose verse in Latin. But it’s not so hard to learn the construction of a Latin sentence, and to begin to understand the lines of even a complex master like Virgil.

In this third part of Harry Mount’s Latin course, you will use the knowledge acquired in Parts One and Two to start translating more complex sentences. You will also learn to untangle some longer pieces of Latin prose and poetry from great Roman masters like Horace and Tacitus.

Harry is a journalist, author and and pundit who writes for the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and many other publications. His books include the best-selling Amo, Amas, Amat: How to Become a Latin Lover (Short Books) and Harry Mount’s Odyssey: In the Footsteps of Ancient Greece (Bloomsbury). He also contributes a Latin column teaching the Oldie magazine. In the Idler Academy Latin course, he will be your teacher and guide.


This is the final part of a three part course. We recommend you watch Parts One and Two, which cover the five declensions of nouns and the four conjugations of verbs as well as more complicated structures like the subjunctive, to get started.

You can easily go back over individual talks, but, if you prefer, just watch them all the way through – and you’ll have a pretty good grounding in the greatest language of all.

Our course also offers a pile of useful notes, downloadable as a pdf, and access to our Latin lovers forum, where you can pose queries to Mr Mount.

About the tutor

Harry Mount is the editor of The Oldie magazine. A former New York correspondent and leader-writer for the Daily Telegraph, he is the author of Amo, Amas, Amat and All That, a top 10 bestseller. He has also written A Lust for Window Sills – a guide to British Buildings and his latest book, How England Made the English. He writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Times, the Evening Standard, the Spectator, Country Life, the Times Literary Supplement, the New Statesman and Literary Review. He has a degree in ancient and modern history from Oxford (First Class Honours) and an MA in architectural history from the Courtauld Institute.