Treasure Island in Latin. This is the 1923 translation by the famous Latinist Arcadius Avellanus. He rendered this pukka classic into exciting lively Latin that is a joy to read and added numerous annotations. Insula Thesauraria is a great way to practise and improve your Latin skills and be entertained at the same time. As great as, if not better than, Harrius Potter, Insula Thesauraria takes the reader on an exciting journey around the world to recover a great treasure. But pirates are in on the game, too, and young Jim Hawkins will have to risk his life more than once.
Dr. Arcadius Avellanus (1851-1935) was a Latin scholar, professor, translator, and a proponent of Living Latin.
Born in Hungary in 1851, Dr. Avellanus came to the United States in 1878. He had studied extensively in Europe and became so proficient in Latin that on every occasion he used it in preference to Hungarian or English. His name was originally Arkad Mogyorossy, but after his arrival in the United States he changed it to what he considered the Latin equivalent.
In 1894, Dr. Avellanus became editor in Philadelphia of the Praeco Latinus (Latin Herald), a position he held for a number of years. He later became a professor and taught at a number of institutions in the United States, including St. John's College in Brooklyn.
His ardent love of Latin led Dr. Avellanus to form a Latin-speaking club known as the Societas Gentium Latina, Inc. On his eightieth birthday the club held a dinner in his honor in one of the Hungarian restaurants where he gathered nightly with friends with whom he could converse in Latin.
"Dr. Avellanus has translated and written a number of publications in Latin. His best known works are Palaestra, a primer for spoken Latin; Arena Palaestarum, Robinson Crusaeus, Medulla, The Colloquia of Maturinus Corderius, Fabulae Tusculanae, and translations of Ruskin's King of the Golden River and of The Adventures of Captain Mago."
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This is a fantastic translation of one of the most famous classics ever. Treasure Island has always been one of my favorites and it still continues to fascinate people today. The translator, Arcadius Avellanus, is said to be the last native speaker of Latin. He grew up in the AustroHungarian Empire in a family that used Latin at home. He later emigrated to the US where he made Latin popular as a spoken language. He also translated numerous books into Latin. A wonderful read for anyone who likes Latin.