Imperium is a Latin course for the 21st century; unique, highly resourced and written to make fullest use of modern technology. Its texts follow the life of the Emperor Hadrian from his early childhood to his later years, as he became the most powerful man in the Roman world.

Book 1 follows the young Hadrian through his childhood in Spain and Rome. His early interests in horses, hunting and the amphitheatre are all explored, as he becomes the ward of Trajan and eventually makes his way to Rome. The historical material is close to accurate throughout, though some characters have been invented to make life challenging, such as the rather nasty little donkey who bullies Hadrian's first horse.

This full text of Book 1 can be used freely by students and teachers, though copying and pasting has been disabled. Users are encouraged to deploy other resources alongside the text, such as the Site Support Pack or other files. For details, see:


  • Imperium-Latin-Book-1.pdf

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Created: Aug 23, 2015

Updated: Sep 30, 2016

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    user avatarS Gale3 months agoreport

    I have chosen Imperium as a course for my 14-year old daughter, who has decided to learn Latin at home. It seemed a highly suitable course for a young person with limited time (straightforward enough for a complete beginner, but analytical enough to enable her to translate English to Latin). I've been very impressed by it and would recommend it.

    • user avatarimperiumlatinReply from Author3 months ago

      Thanks for the kind words. Please keep me posted as to how it goes.

      Julian Morgan