Halloween Resources

Because Halloween falls on a school day this year, we’re replacing the usual Tuesday piece with a collection of links that you can use if you want to observe the holiday in class. (In years I didn’t dress up, I told my students that I was dressed as ‘Latin teacher about to give a pop quiz.’ They agreed that that was the scariest costume, even when I didn’t give a pop quiz.)

Ghosts in Greece and Rome

Greek and Roman Ghost Stories, by Lacy Collison-Morley:

Pliny’s Haunted House:

A simplified version of the story in Latin with glosses:
The full version in Latin:
The full Latin version on
The full version in English:

Petronius’s werewolf:

Petronius’s werewolf story:
Translation of the story (embedded in the entire section, with some archaic language):

Chrysippus’s Ghost Story

A version in A Latin Reader for the Lower Form in Schools:


A description that includes the story of the beans:*/Lemuralia.html

Matron of Ephesus:

This is a story that is terrifying in a different way (and may not be appropriate for some schools): (This has Ed DeHoratius’s notes.)


Scary vocabulary and Latin sayings for Halloween cards:
A recipe for Ossa dei Morti (contains nuts) that connects it to the Lemuralia beans:
The Golden Ass has the story of Socrates being attacked by witches, but this isn’t as popular online as the Petronius and Pliny ones.

Links for the Week of 21 October

The #LatinTweetUp will be happening on 10/25 (via @AIRomanCulture).
Shelly McCormick-Lane has collected a list of scholarships for Latin students:
A new Roman catacomb has been discovered by people following a cat: (via @guardian)
Paul Hudson (@twostraws) has two new Latin iOS apps (links are to the App Store): Latin Pairs and Latin Scramble. Teachers can get free copies by e-mailing
A detailed, interactive map of the Roman Empire: (via @markhilverda)
“The Aeneid: The Animated Short:” (via @etclassics)
An article about the Antikythera shipwreck: (via @michaelmuseums)
Roman broken bone setting:
An analysis of the filming of the Widow of Ephesus scene in Fellini’s Satyricon: