Black Friday Anti-Shopping

I’ve been doing my best to spend money over Black Friday weekend: obviously I need the latest smartphone, giant tv or music-playing gadget, because everyone else has them. Yet somehow I can’t quite bring myself to do it. Being a contrarian by nature, I’ve gone the other way, and decided to compile a list of my favourite free resources for classicists from Amazon.

I know a lot of readers of this website have Kindles or other e-book readers. But the resources on this list can also be downloaded to a computer or tablet, if you first download the free Amazon Kindle app – which is good, because going out to purchase a Kindle would rather defeat the object of this list!

So this Black Friday weekend, be an anti-shopper and buy free things – it’s much more fun! If you find any other great free books, let me know and I’ll add them to the list.


This is a nice little booklet about the relationship between English and Latin. It’s particularly good on basic grammar (mostly in English!): parts of speech, cases and so on. I’d recommend it to anyone wrestling with grammar, as a handy refresher.

This is a substantial Latin grammar book, great for those who like detail! Watch out for the declension of nouns: the order is not what we’re used to in the UK today. Full of useful information, and a great resource for free!

This isn’t a very long ‘book’, but it’s a nice little introduction to the changes Latin went through, with a focus on Plautus.

A classic collection of myths. I have a much-loved antique copy, but this is handy too!

Because everybody should read Tacitus: and these are two very short books to get you started!

Cora Beth Knowles

2 thoughts on “Black Friday Anti-Shopping

  1. Being a grandpa and something of a Luddite I have ordered the print-copy of Tacitus’ “The Germany and Agricola”. Never thought I’d have a Personal Shopper!


  2. All of my print copies rapidly become illegible, due to my bad habit of scrawling notes all over them (yes, I know it’s appalling – but I only do it to scraggy paperbacks, not to ‘proper’ books!). I keep the digital copies to remind me of what the books looked like before my opinions got out of hand…!


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