Sitne amor?


Sitne amor? is a level 1 Latin novel. Scroll down to preview.

This book might challenge your world view, and that’s a good thing. It’s about time (i.e. it’s way, way, way overdue). One major reason for writing sitne amor? is an increasing need for students in more diverse Latin classrooms to refer to themselves. Traditional Latin dictionary entries are organized by masculine forms, yet there are plenty of girls, women, and non-binary students looking to express their identity in the target language. Bob Patrick has written that neutrum means “neither,” as in neither masculine nor feminine, therefore its use for non-binary descriptions in Latin is perfect.

I’d like to thank my wife Christa Whitney and other members of the LGBTQ community—especially librarian Katharine Janeczek, MLS, whose career focus includes LGBTQ literature—for all their help with this novella.

In Sitne amor?, the Pisoverse characters are getting older in their world. This novella picks up on perhaps one of the most mysterious and powerful emotions— love. Ancient Romans and other Latin writers have been obsessed with the topic for centuries. Love is complicated, relatable…timeless. Perhaps that’s why my students requested a love story among their top choices for a next novella. Therefore, it seemed appropriate to write, including all the blunders of someone trying to figure it all out for the first time, perhaps not unlike many Latin students.

Like all Pisoverse novellas, this book shelters (i.e. limits) its vocabulary so that fewer words keep showing up often. Fewer word meanings is one of the main factors in making a text more understandable to read. Sitne amor? contains 36 cognates and 53 other words (excluding names, different forms of words, and meaning established in the text), and is over 2,400 total words in length. The total number of words written for the beginning Latin student in all books across the Pisoverse is now over 56,300 using a vocabulary of under 800.

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