Salve! I’m Irene.

I firmly believe that anyone can learn Latin and read literature in the original version. Without it taking years, without pain, and without getting bored.

I create resources in easy Latin for curious learners and passionate teachers. 

Salve! This is Satura Lanx, and I’m Irene. I was born in Milan, graduated in Classical Philology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, and I’m now living in Tuscany, after a three-years parenthesis in Brussels that definitely left its mark.

There’s not much I love more than learning and teaching, and learning while I’m teaching. I love teaching to beginners, so that I can be the one who shows them the beauty of Latin. I love Latin, ça va sans dire. I can speak Latin, but I make mistakes sometimes.

I love languages, words, and finding hidden links between them.

I even do serious things occasionally, mostly concerning palaeography (that is, reading ancient scripts that seem unreadable) and philology (that is, spotting old manuscripts and find convincing ways to tell which was the real text of the Aeneid of Virgil, pretending that you didn’t guess).

I love my husband and I love babies, so we made one. Also, as soon as she begins to say her first words, she will be used for linguistic experiments – but with love.

I love singing – sacred music in particular, so that I can speak Latin also when I’m singing. I love running, trekking, cooking and tidying up, because I can listen to podcasts meanwhile.

I believe in curiosity, humility and non-judgement – in language learning, and in life.

Salve! This is Satura Lanx, and I’m Irene. I was born in Milan and I’m now living in Tuscany, after a three-years parenthesis in Brussels that definitely left its mark.

There’s not much I love more than learning and teaching, and learning while I’m teaching. I love teaching to beginners, so that I can be the one who shows them the beauty of Latin. I love Latin, ça va sans dire. I can speak Latin, but I make mistakes sometimes.

I love languages, words, and finding hidden links between them.

I even do serious things occasionally, mostly concerning palaeography (that is, reading ancient scripts that seem unreadable) and philology (that is, spotting old manuscripts and find convincing ways to tell which was the real text of the Aeneid of Virgil, pretending that you didn’t guess).

I love my husband and I love babies, so we made one. Also, as soon as she begins to say her first words, she will be used for linguistic experiments – but with love.

I love singing – sacred music in particular, so that I can speak Latin also when I’m singing. I love running, trekking, cooking and tidying up, because I can listen to podcasts meanwhile.

I believe in curiosity, humility and non-judgement – in language learning, and in life.

VIDEOS

Simplified readings, Latin sayings, riddles, interviews, short lessons about Latin… all in spoken Latin, and suitable for beginners. You find all of this, and more, on my YouTube channel.

PODCAST

With the series Litterae Latinae simplices, you can travel in time and learn about the history of Latin literature, while practising your spoken Latin comprehension. Even if you are a beginner? Sure, especially if you are a beginner! 

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MY GIFT FOR YOU

If you are eager to taste a piece of authentic Latin literature, I’m sure you will like my gift for you.

Click on the picture below to download a graded reading of Catullus, carmen III (a famous poem he wrote on the death of a pet sparrow), and a video lesson I prepared on the same poem. It’s completely free and suitable for beginners.

LEARN LATIN WITH ME

Irene, do you offer Latin lessons? Where can I find more of your 3-levels readings? Will you publish other videos where you teach with LLPSI?

These are questions I get asked everyday, so they deserve an answer here.

I don’t offer any private lessons or tutoring program at the moment. There is good news, however: I prepared a complete video course, where my students also get personal support. The course is based on LLPSI (Familia Romana by Hans H. Ørberg), and includes lots of additional readings and complementary resources.

It’s only possible to enroll in the course during certain times of the year. The best way to be informed of the next opening is to download the free lesson on Catullus. You’ll receive my wonderful* emails on a regular basis, and updates about the course when enrollments are open.

* I wouldn’t call them wonderful if you didn’t write me every single day telling how much you love reading them:

Would you like to set on a journey to Latin proficiency… tasting literature from the very first step?

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