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SPQR is the ultimate learning tool for Latin students who want to immerse themselves in the language, presenting the most comprehensive Latin dictionary on the App Store, dozens of Latin texts with English translations, a grammar tester, flashcards, quiz, numeral converter, quotes of ancient wisdom, language learning tools and more.

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Here are just some of the features:
- Full, fast and searchable copy of the Lewis & Short Latin lexicon - it searches as you type, showing either short definitions or full definitions along with citations.

- Parse any Latin word to English, regardless of conjugation - includes full breakdown of the word's form.

- Full copies of classic texts in their original Latin, grouped either by author or genre, including: the Gallic War and Civil War by Julius Caesar, Res Gestae by Augustus, the Twelve Caesars by Suetonius, the Amores by Ovid, the poems of Catullus, the Aeneid, Georgicon and Eclogues by Virgil, Pliny the Elder and Younger, the Metamorphoses by Apuleius, five landmark speeches by Cicero (including In Verrem!), plus Horace, Juvenal, Vitruvius and more!

- Most of our Latin texts come with parallel English translations, which means you can be reading Caesar's original Latin description of his battles in Gaul, then tap a button and jump to an English translation exactly where you left off - flip between languages to check your translation as often as you want!

- New "Church fathers" mode that gives you the Bible in English and Latin, plus Augustine's Confessions and Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People.

- Students can use the built-in grammar test to check their skill at Latin conjugation; teachers can use the new exam mode to generate tests for classes in seconds.

- When you find a new word, use SPQR's flashcards system to practice your vocabulary as you learn.

- Our built-in classics quiz has over 4000 questions on the ancient world to test your knowledge.

- Included in the app are full copies of Allen & Greenough's New Latin Grammar, plus Fabulae Faciles, Bennet's New Latin Grammar and The Comic Latin Grammar - we've even added Edward Gibbon's epic work The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire for good measure.

- Dozens of quotes from ancient Roman sources, along with their English translations.

- Set Access Controls to restrict features based on student needs.

- PLUS: take advantage of the integrated Roman numeral converter, experience Caesar's Gallic War in word-for-word mode, try your hand at the Sortes Virgilianae, get up close to Ancient Rome with our exclusive photo collection, and more!

SPQR is the app no serious Latin student should be without!

"I teach both high school and college Latin classes. This is a great tool. To the creator: gratias multas! Everything he/she writes on the app advertisement page is accurate." - Magister McNair

"Wow... This has to be the best app I've ever spent money on. You could spend months just reading all the content it has, and the dictionary is just as useful as any official one." - Toop777

"The sheer volume of material is nearly overwhelming. Definitely worth the price." - Kevbo SF

"I bought this app a couple of days ago, and am still coming to terms with how fabulous it is... If you love (or even like) Latin, I can't imagine you could be disappointed with this app. It does all that the creator promises, and it does it oh so well." - TuTubusLatinus

"This app is a Swiss Army Knife of Latin resources. As it is it's good enough for anyone who is comfortable reading Latin and wants to keep his classic texts all in one convenient app." - Jerrykim

 $6.99 in iOS App Store


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Version History

Launched Dec 09, 2010 (over 8 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 6 months, on average.

Mar 16
Version 4.0

SPQR v4.0, "Pliny: It rhymes with Mini", is here at last, bringing some new texts for your reading pleasure:

- New texts in English and Latin: Pliny the Younger's Letters, Pliny the Elder's Natural History.

- New texts in English: Livy's Ab Urbe Condita, Juvenal's Satires, Ovid's Ars Amatoria. (These were already in Latin, but have been updated to include English.)

- New texts in Latin: Propertius's Elegies, Tibullus's Elegies.

Additionally, SPQR now supports the full range of iOS devices, from iPhone 4s through to 6s Plus, and iPad mini through to iPad Pro. In order to work with such a wide range of devices, the quotes screen has been simplified a little – a small trade off, but one that enables a much wider range of device support. If you have any questions or feedback, you can contact me on Twitter: @twostraws.

Thank you for your continued support of SPQR, and I hope you enjoy reading the new authors!

Nov 15
Version 3.3

FIXED: Some grammar test users were seeing the "Submit Answer" button overlap one of the options.

If you enjoy SPQR, please try our other classical apps: Latin Hangman, Certamen, Latin Word Search, Mythology, Latin Builder, Latin Scramble, Ancient Greek and Latin Pairs!

Sep 18
Version 3.2

- NEW: Users who have upgraded to the new iOS 7 release from Apple will find SPQR has been redesigned to fit in with the new, flat look of the system. iOS 6 users will continue to see the classic design.

- IMPROVED: SPQR's automatic flashcard generation is now more accurate.

- IMPROVED: Searching author text will automatically search both Latin and English at the same time.

- FIXED: Some users were reporting a crash when going to the flashcards screen for the first time.

- FIXED: On iPads with iOS 6 the access controls screen could sometimes fail to close when the password was entered incorrectly.

Thank you for all your feedback and support!

Aug 23
Version 3.1

NEW: Added the ability to create flashcards from books or from authors - for example, this lets you find the top 100 words in the writings of Livy.

- PLEASE NOTE: For longer texts this new feature can take a couple of minutes and is very memory intensive. We strongly recommend you use at least a second-generation iPad or iPad Mini, or at least an iPhone 4.

IMPROVED: Added instant lookup and flashcards to all texts in "Church Fathers" mode.

IMPROVED: Added built-in flashcard decks for OCR GCSE Latin Foundation and Higher, plus OCR A-Level Latin.

IMPROVED: Added option to make flashcards using any number of words from the source text - the default is 100.

IMPROVED: Added "Retry" button to flashcards so that you can flip cards between Latin and English as often as you need before continuing.

IMPROVED: Added an option to choose whether the iPad contents list is shown in portrait orientation.

IMPROVED: Added the current chapter number when you're reading in single-chapter mode.

FIXED: Fixed a bug when trying to load saved reading location for long texts.

FIXED: Fixed a bug with moving between verses in the vulgate.

FIXED: The background for the Sortes Virgilianae was sometimes disappearing on iPhone 5.

Aug 12
Version 3.0

Thank you for all your feedback, encouragement and support! This update includes some amazing new features - have fun!

- NEW: Word parser dictionary search quickly and accurately recognises and describes Latin words in any format.

- NEW: Instant look-up of words while reading now uses the new word parser, dramatically increasing accuracy.

- NEW: The Latin Typist mode can now draw upon the word parsing system to parse entire paragraphs of text, offering detailed translation and usage info.

- NEW: All-new Access Controls allow schools to selectively disable features that students are learning without technology.

- NEW: When reading any section of a work in Latin, a new button will appear next to the "Translate" button. Tapping this will scan the text for its 100 most frequently used words and automatically convert them into flashcards to help you learn.

- IMPROVED: SPQR now starts dramatically faster, and remembers which part of the app you were last using. Hurray!

- IMPROVED: Martial is now included in the Latin texts. Because SPQR is used by many younger students, some of Martial's writing are left untranslated in English.

- IMPROVED: DCC Core Latin vocabulary is now included in the built-in flashcard decks.

- IMPROVED: Going to the dictionary screen on iPhone will automatically select the search box for faster us. (NB: this will only occur if you don't have a previous search)

- IMPROVED: iPad users now get to see the left-hand navigation menu in all orientations.

- FIXED: Some users reported the "Look up" menu disappearing on occasion; this should no longer happen.

Apr 24
Version 2.2

This update adds Tacitus's Annals, support for iPhone 5, plus the ability to use flashcards in reverse mode (English on front; Latin on back).

If you like SPQR, please try our latest Latin apps for iPad: Latin Builder, Latin Pairs, Speed Latin and Latin Scramble!

Aug 17
Version 2.0

This huge update to SPQR adds many new features requested by students and teachers alike, and has something for everyone!

- SPQR requires iOS 5.0 or higher, and is now optimized for the new retina iPad

- New texts: Cicero's In Verrem and Ovid's Amores, both with English translations, plus Allen & Greenough's New Latin Grammar

- "Church Fathers mode" brings in the vulgate Bible, Bede and Augustine, all with English translations

- You can now search every word in every text, in either Latin or English

- Select any Latin word to perform a quick search of the dictionary without losing your place

- Auto-bookmarking means that SPQR now automatically remembers where you were in every text, as you're reading

- All texts with English translations now come with word clouds showing you the most frequently used words

- Grammar Test has been enhanced to let teachers create instant quizes for students - if your students also have SPQR, they can even mail their results back to you!

- All-new flashcards system built right into the app: add new words by hand or from a text you were reading, then share your decks with others with the touch of a button – plus we've provided 1500 flashcards to get you started

- The first book of Caesar's Gallic Wars has been enhanced with an incredible new word-for-word mode - you have to see it to believe it! Plus: try your hand at the Sortes Virgilianae.

- There's an all-new classics quiz that gives you over 4000 questions to test your knowledge of antiquity

- A Latin-optimised typist makes it faster to type text with macrons

- Tweet your favourite quotes straight from the app

- Many bug fixes and other enhancements

Thank you to everyone who emailed with feature requests and bug reports - this update wouldn't have possible without you!

If you liked SPQR, why not try its Greek counterpart, Ancient Greek?

Jul 15
Version 1.5

If you like SPQR, why not check out my latest apps for classicists: Ancient Greek, Certamen, Latin, Latin Word Search and Latin Hangman!

NEW: All 40,000 definitions from Whitaker's Words are now in the SPQR dictionary - when you're searching, just choose the dictionary you want to use. Although it does not include the same variety of reference material found in Lewis & Short, the definitions in Whitaker's Words are clear and to the point - give it a try!

NEW: Experimental English to Latin dictionary. This is essentially a reverse look up of words in the Whitaker's Words dictionary - please let me know what you think!

- Fixes: corrected typo in Decline and Fall, correct typo in Lewis & Short definition of "ab", fixed a crash in the grammar test when selecting very few form options.

Jun 17
Version 1.3

- Fixes corrupted text in Apuleius Metamorphoses Liber I.

- Fixes incorrect form in some passive verbs.

- Fixes a problem some users encountered with iOS 5.

Jun 15
Version 1.2

- All-new grammar test! With the help of an SPQR user who teaches Latin, the grammar test feature has been fully revised so that it tests a wider range of verb forms and does so more thoroughly. This section of SPQR is being released as its own mini-app, but SPQR users get it free in this upgrade!

- You can now change the font size in the app. To do so, just tap the font size buttons as you're reading. Note that if you're on an iPad, you may need to reload the content in other tabs in order for the size change to happen.

- New text in Latin and English: all 15 books of Ovid's Metamorphoses are now included.

Please take the time to leave a review for this new version of SPQR - your support is very much appreciated. Gratias multas!

Jun 01
Version 1.1

Thank you, everyone, for all the amazing reviews you've written and all the emails you've sent - it's hugely encouraging!

Here's what's in this update:

- New texts in Latin! Cicero's "In Catilinam", and Ovid's "Ars Amatoria" and "Tristia".

- New texts in Latin and English! Sallust's "Bellum Catilinae" and "Bellum Iugurthinum".

- Added historical background on Roman calendars, both Julian and pre-Julian.

- 10 new quotes to inspire you as you launch the app!

- You can now dim the English translation on the quotes screen by tapping the translation.

- Corrected the text for Apuleius's Metamorphoses 1.

- Corrected the text for Livy's Ab Urbe Condita 38.

- Corrected dictionary definitions for Paestum and Urbs.

- Amended part of the Comic Latin Grammar to update some insensitive text.

- Added a link to TuTubusLatinus on YouTube.

If you enjoy using SPQR, please take the time to write a review for this new version - I read them all, and am already working on features for the next version. Thanks for your patience!

Dec 10
Version 1.0

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