For those looking for some easier classical Latin texts to begin with I can offer the following suggestions. These are not in any particular gradated ranking of difficulty. Just off the top of my head.<br /><br />IN VERSE<br /><br />Ovid, Ars Amatoria, BK I (a book on how to pick up chicks. To be fair <br /> Ovid offers advice to the women in the 4th book); <br />Ovid, Metamorphoses BKs. I and VIII (epic poem containing many <br /> mythical stories. Not only fun, but <br /> beautiful writing. As all of Ovid.)<br />Seneca, Thyestes (a bloody gruesome tragedy, much fun to read)<br />Catullus (short poems, fickle, witty, naughty, funny and trivial; longer <br /> ones which are loftier especially 64 which is a mini epic; all <br /> of them finely crafted pieces.)<br />Vergil (once you get used to verse, Vergil is not so tough, and he is the <br /> master.)<br /><br />IN PROSE<br /><br />Cornelius Nepos, the life of Atticus (very easy, very straightforward <br /> biographical work on Cicero's closest friend, <br /> and written by a contemporary.)<br />Seneca, Apocolocyntosis (a hilarious satyrical slam at the emperor <br /> Claudius. Has a mixture of prose and verse.)<br />Cicero, Brutus (This is a dialogue concerning the History of Oratory. <br /> There are technical terms which are not easy to get a <br /> hold of, but the Latin itself is very straightforward.)<br />Suetonius, life of the divine Julius (Another biographical work)<br />Caesar, Commentaries on the Gallic wars<br /><br /><br />Every Latin work of course will have some difficult spots, and these will sometimes be different spots for different readers. I felt I should put that in as a disclaimer.
<br /><br />Have fun,<br /><br />Sebastian