Piso perturbatus: A Quirky Latin Novella


Piso minds his Ps and Qs..(and Cs…and Ns and Os) in this alliterative tongue-twisting tale touching upon the Roman concepts of otium and negotium. Before Piso becomes a little poet, early signs of an old curmudgeon can be seen.

Piso perturbatus can be read by the novice student known to curiously continue comprehending even the campiest content in the classroom. It has a unique word count of 36 (excluding different forms of the same word, names, and meaning established within the text), nearly all of which can be found in the novella’s final sentence of Ciceronian length! The Pisoverse is written with sheltered (i.e. limited) vocabulary to provide more understandable reading material for the beginning Latin student.

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