Join me, The Muddy Archaeologist, and expand your knowledge or Latin.
Translate inscriptions, mottoes and phrases and even famous Latin quotes.


Thrill to learning a new skill that you can take anywhere - travel with the ability to understand the Latin that is all around us!

This course is richly illustrated to guide you as you grow your Latin skills.

Whether you are a professor or simply love words and their origins, a student or a complete novice, a Classicist or studying for general interest ...

Whether you love exploring origins of words or whether you've never explored them before ...

If you want to transform your abilities and be able to translate all those juicy inscriptions and really KNOW the meaning of words (both Latin and English ...

Then this course is for YOU!

What will you learn?

-   Get to grips with all the Latin grammar you need to translate the Latin that is all around us

-  Discover the origins and derivations of our English words

-  How to look up help in translating Latin when out on your own.

-  How to understand inscriptions, both Roman and later ones

-  Enjoy a sense of connection with those who erected Latin monuments and inscriptions: get 'behind the scenes' of how and why they are as they are

You'll be seeing the ancient world and modern English words in a whole new, fresh way.


Great Value!     What will you get?

-   A wealth of richly illustrated sessions taking you through the grammar of Latin: verbs, tenses, pronouns, participles and more: all made accessible and easy to understand.    What a package!

-   Plus start up session with helpful guides such as a glossary, and an extra closing Next Steps lesson

-  Downloadable notes and useful tables for you to print out and use when out and about.

-  Bonus notes throughout, so that you can find and enjoy the Latin that is hidden all around us.

-  A monthly LIVE Q&A online session (scheduled at one time, one date each month) with The Muddy Archaeologist with chat box to ask your questions and respond and be part of the Muddy Archaeologist online community.

-  Absolutely no exams or tests except for short lightweight quizzes.  This course is for fun, discovery, learning and exploration for us to share together.

-  A selection of options for payment: one-off payments, monthly installments, group discounts and a great Value Bundle when bought with Practical Latin I.

-  Start and end at any time or date to suit you.

- No quibble 30-day Money Back Guarantee

Pricing options

To help you get the most out of this course in the way that you want it, I'm offering a selection of pricing options.
Group prices will be available

Course curriculum

Join 'The Muddy Archaeologist' to learn all the Latin you need to get out there and translate phrases, inscriptions and mottoes on your own

Grasp the grammar - Learn how to apply your Latin skills - Have Fun!
Exercise and sharpen the brain!

What's included?
Video sessions - Downloadable maps and notes - Resource Lists - Live Q&A session with 'The Muddy Archaeologist' - Quizzes - Completion certificate

Please note: you cannot access the course here - this is for information only

  • 1

    Welcome to 'The Muddy Archaeologist' Stepping Out

    • Video Welcome from 'The Muddy Archaeologist' to Latin Stepping Out

    • Video on how to use this course

    • About Gillian Hovell, 'The Muddy Archaeologist' (in case you missed it on the course information page)

  • 2

    A Brief History of Latin - Why Latin is All Around Us

    • Lecture: A Brief History of Latin - Yesterday, Today and For Ever

    • Downloadable Notes: A Brief History of Latin

    • Downloadable Notes : English derivatives - A Timeline

    • Downloadable Glossary for Latin Stepping Out

    • Test and Consolidate what you've discovered in A Brief History of Latin

  • 3

    Lesson 1: Building Blocks - Parts of Speech

    • Lesson 1: Building Blocks - Parts of Speech

    • Downloadable Notes: Parts of Speech

    • Downloadable Table: Defining Qualities - Latin Adjectives & Declension Endings

    • Downloadable Table: Prepositions & Declension Table

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered in Building Blocks - Parts of Speech

    • BUY YOUR LATIN GRAMMAR TEA TOWEL HERE! Direct from The Muddy Archaeologist. Please enquire by email for postage outside the UK.

    • BUY YOUR LATIN GRAMMAR TEA TOWEL HERE! Direct from The Muddy Archaeologist

  • 4

    Lesson 2: A Perfect World - The Perfect Tense

    • Lesson 2: A Perfect World - The Perfect Tense

    • Downloadable Notes: A Perfect World - The Perfect Tense

    • Downloadable Table : The Perfect Tense

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : A Perfect World - The Perfect Tense

  • 5

    Lesson 3: An Imperfect World - The Imperfect Tense

    • Lesson 3: An Imperfect World - The Imperfect Tense

    • Downloadable Notes: An Imperfect World - The Imperfect Tense

    • Downloadable Table: Imperfect Table with perfect and present tenses table Muddy Archaeologist online

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : An Imperfect World - The Imperfect Tense

  • 6

    Lesson 4: The Pluperfect - The Perfect plus a bit further back in time

    • Lesson 4: The Pluperfect Tense - The Perfect Plus a Bit!

    • Downloadable Notes: Pluperfect Tense

    • Downloadable Table: Pluperfect Tense with Perfect Tense Muddy Archaeologist Online

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : The Pluperfect Tense - the Perfect plus a bit

  • 7

    Lesson 5: Future Concepts - the Future Tense

    • Lesson 5: Future Concepts - The Future Tense

    • Downloadable Notes: Future Concepts - The Future Tense

    • Downloadable Table : The Future Tense

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Future Concepts - The Future Tense

  • 8

    Lesson 6: The Future Perfect

    • Lesson 6: The Future Perfect Tense

    • Downloadable Notes : The Future Perfect Tense

    • Downloadable Table: Future Perfect with Future and Perfect tenses

    • Downloadable Notes: All Six Tenses at a Glance

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered in the Future Perfect

  • 9

    Lesson 7: Ifs and Maybes - The Subjunctive

    • Lesson 7: Ifs and Maybes - The Subjunctive

    • Downloadable Notes: Ifs and Maybes - The Subjunctive

    • Downloadable Table: The Subjunctive

    • Downloadable Table: Irregular Verbs - All Tenses with Subjunctives

    • Downloadable Table: All 4 active Subjunctive Tenses

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Ifs and Maybes - The Subjunctive

  • 10

    Lesson 8: Getting Personal - Personal Pronouns

    • Lesson 8: Getting Personal - Personal Pronouns

    • Downloadable Tables : Personal Pronouns

    • Lesson 8a: BONUS SESSION on Personal Adjectives

    • Downloadable Table: Adjectives & their Case Endings

    • Downloadable Table: Possessive Pronouns

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Getting Personal - Personal Pronouns

  • 11

    Lesson 9: This and That

    • Lesson 9: This and That

    • Downloadable Table: This & That hic, haec, hoc

    • Downloadable Notes: This and That & Other Pronouns

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : This and That

  • 12

    Lesson 10 Who's Who

    • Lesson 10: Who's Who

    • Downloadable Notes: Who/What Relative Pronouns

    • Downloadable table: qui quae quod Who or What

    • Downloadable Table: Who and What including Interrogative quis and quid

    • Lesson 10a: bonus Whatever!

    • Downloadable Table: Whatever and more

    • Downloadable Notes: Whatever ... Compound Pronouns List

    • Test and Consolidate what you've discovered: Who's Who

  • 13

    Half time Just a Bit of Fun

    • Half Time : Just a Bit of Fun

    • HALF TIME - Just a Bit of Fun : Life Never Changes - graffiti in Pompeii

  • 14

    Lesson 11: Passive Resistance - Passive Verbs in Latin

    • Lesson 11: Passive Resistance - Passive Verbs

    • Lesson 11a: Passive Verbs - the Various Tenses

    • Downloadable Tables: Passive All Tenses (indicative)

    • Lesson 11: All Six Tenses at a Glance - Active and Passive

    • BUY YOUR 'LATIN GRAMMAR' TEA TOWEL HERE!

    • Downloadable Table: Passive Verbs - All SUBJUNCTIVE PASSIVE Tenses

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Passive Resistance - Passive Verbs in Latin

  • 15

    Lesson 12: Looks Passive but not Passive! - Deponent Verbs

    • Lesson 12: Looks Passive but not Passive! - Deponent Verbs

    • Downloadable List: A List of some Common Deponent Verbs

    • Downloadable Table: Deponent/Passive Verbs (reprise from Lesson 11) - All tenses (indicative)

    • Lesson 12: All Six Tenses at a Glance (reprise from Lesson 11) - including Active and Passive/Deponent

    • Downloadable Table: Passive/Deponent Verbs (reprise from Lesson 11) - All SUBJUNCTIVE PASSIVE/DEPONENT Tenses

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Looks Passive but not Passive! - Deponent Verbs

  • 16

    Lesson 13: Verbs as Adjectives - Past Participles

    • Lesson 13: Verbs as Adjectives - Past Participles

    • Downloadable Notes: Verbs as Adjectives - Past Participles

    • Downloadable table: Present Participles

    • Lesson 13a : Ablative Absolutes

    • Downloadable Notes: Ablative Absolute

    • Downloadable Table: Ablative Absolute

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Verbs as Adjectives - Past Participles

  • 17

    Lesson 14: Verbs as Adjectives II - Future Participles

    • Lesson 14: Verbs as Adjectives II - Future Participles

    • Downloadable Notes: Verbs as Adjectives II - Future Participles

    • Downloadable Table: Future Participles

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Verbs as Adjectives II - Future Participles

  • 18

    Lesson 15: Tense Situations - Past and Future Infinitives

    • Lesson 15: Tense Situations - Past and Future Infinitives

    • Downloadable Notes: Tense Situations - Past and Future Infinitives

    • Downloadable Notes: Tense Situations - The Accusative & Infinitive Construction

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Tense Situations - Past and Future Infinitives

  • 19

    Lesson 16: Addenda and Corrigenda - Gerundives

    • Lesson 16: Addenda and Corrigenda - Gerundives

    • Downloadable Notes: Addenda and Corrigenda - Gerundives

    • Downloadable Table: Gerundives

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Addenda and Corrigenda - Gerundives

  • 20

    Lesson 17: Nouns made from Verbs - Gerunds

    • Lesson 17: Nouns made from Verbs - Gerunds

    • Downloadable Notes: Nouns made from Verbs - Gerunds

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Nouns made from Verbs - Gerunds

  • 21

    Lesson 18: Super Supine - Just what IS that Fourth Principal Part of the Verb FOR?

    • Lesson 18: Super Supine - Just what IS that fourth principal part of the verb FOR?

    • Downloadable Notes: Super Supine - Just what IS that fourth principal part of the verb FOR?

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered in Super Supine - Just what IS that fourth principal part of the verb FOR?

  • 22

    Lesson 19: Putting it All Together

    • Lesson 19: Putting it all Together

    • Downloadable Notes: Putting it All Together

    • Downloadable Notes: Elements of Roman inscriptions

    • Downloadable Notes: Abbreviations used in Roman Inscriptions

    • Bonus Session: A Little Roman Poetry - Virgil & Catullus

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Putting it All Together

  • 23

    Next steps

Don't just take my word for it!

Gillian brings learning to life

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Learned more in one hour

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Learned more in one hour than I've understood in 20 years

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Gillian Hovell BA(Hons) 'The Muddy Archaeologist'

Hi, I'm Gillian Hovell, known professionally as 'The Muddy Archaeologist'.
Welcome to this invitation to join my unique Practical Latin course.

Latin is all around us. It's in the phrases and words we use every day; it's in mottoes and inscriptions. If you're looking to enjoy discovering a new skill, then you're in the right place!

For I present lively, passionate and engaging Latin classes that take you on a journey that opens up a whole new world. Not only do we get to grips with Latin grammar; we also add colour and depth to the English words you use every day - so many have deeper meanings and ancient stories behind them.
I have taught Latin for many years and I am delighted to be bringing this special course online, so that YOU can join in and share the fun.
For Latin is FUN.

And I love it. My joy is to provide you with a thrilling new skill and to transform your experience of the English language into a lively, creative one.
I am passionate about revealing how our everyday words are full of human life and passion. I love sharing the joy of Latin in person, in books and articles, on the media and on-line.

After graduating in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter University, I worked in BBC Television and went on to become an award-winning freelance writer, author.

I now lecture at York University and speak at the British Museum. I share courses around the country and lecture throughout the UK and abroad for audiences that range from local societies and luncheon clubs to Classical Associations, The Arts Society, and international groups. Every event is tailored to YOU, whoever and wherever you are.
I offer you expertise, passion and a warm welcome.
Latin is for everyone: let me lead you on a journey into a new approach to words with knowledge, great images, and a sense of fun and enjoyment.

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