Oxford Latin Course: Part I / Edition 2

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Designed for North American students, this special version of the Oxford Latin Course combines the best features of both modern and traditional methods of Latin teaching, providing an exciting, stimulating introduction and approach to Latin based on the reading of original texts.
In this four-volume North American edition, the order of declensions corresponds to customary U.S. usage, and the spelling has been Americanized. In addition, it offers full-color illustrations and photographs throughout Parts I and II and an expanded Teacher's Book with translations for each part. Parts I-III (now available in hardcover editions) are built around a narrative detailing the life of Horace, now based more closely on historical sources, which helps students to get to know real Romans—with their daily activities, concerns, and habits—and to develop an understanding of Roman civilization during the time of Cicero and Augustus. Part IV (paperback) is a reader consisting of extracts from Caesar, Cicero, Catullus, Virgil, Livy, and Ovid.
The second edition of the Oxford Latin Course has been carefully designed to maximize student interest, understanding, and competence. It features a clearer presentation of grammar, revised narrative passages, new background sections, more emphasis on daily life and on the role of women, a greater number and variety of exercises, and review chapters and tests. Each chapter opens with a set of cartoons with Latin captions that illustrate new grammar points. A Latin reading follows, with new vocabulary highlighted in the margins and follow-up exercises that focus on reading comprehension and grammatical analysis. A background essay in English concludes each chapter. Covering a variety of topics—from history to food, from slavery to travel, these engaging essays present a well-rounded picture of Augustan Rome.
The Oxford Latin Course, Second Edition offers today's students and teachers an exceptionally engaging and attractive introduction to the language, literature, and culture of Rome—one that builds skills effectively and is exciting to use.

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"Outstanding! Students enjoy the material, progress at an encouraging rate, and have good retention. By far the best text available."--Christina Horst Roseman, Seattle Pacific University

"A very sound and concise work, well organized. The reference grammar and vocabulary sections are excellent tools for the student."--Jeff Begeal, Northern Nash Senior High School

"This text is very attractive and inviting. The illustrations are terrific. Critical thinking skills are encouraged. Humor is effectively interspersed."--Claudia Colvin, St. Anselm's Abbey School

"I find this to be a fine text--good graphics--and I like emphasis on Virgil."--E. T. Egrn, Ben Franklin High School

"This textbook has a fresh approach to Latin texts through the comic book story of the various authors. The English history is given with an understanding of Roman history."--Prof. Dominic J. Guarino, Alvernia College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195215502
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Oxford Latin Course Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 630,520
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2004


    This is an okay latin book. It has very interesting pictures (girls have no sleeves, boys have sleeves and that is the ONLY distinguishing thing). There are extensive lists of vocabulary and grammar in the back of the book. The main problem for me is that the passages contain words that you are not expected to know at that time, so in the margins those are defined, but from then on the word does not appear (defined). So if you do not know it, you have to go back and find it, it is not in the glossary. This book is probably expected to be used in a classroom environment, not as a self-educating instrument.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2010

    recommended slightly

    i use this book with the latin course i am taking in school and for me it is extremely difficult to learn from the information is jumbeled everywhere and the key things that are needed to understood are 'to be interpreted' and the graphics are ridiculous i much more recommend Jennys latin course

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    Learn Latin Easily

    I bought this book for a Latin class at my University. The ease of this book and the books that follow in this series made learning Latin fun and easy. I had completed the first book in two weeks and I was amazed how much I learned. There are exercises online and in the back of the book to check your progress.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2002

    Pretty good

    The content is pretty good, but the pictures are well, a little...off. You really can't tell if they're boys or girls in the drawings. The culture stuff is really good. I thought it was pretty easy to understand. I took Latin 1 at a CTY course, and this is the book they used, so you know it's good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2001

    Terrible Latin Course

    This is as I feel one of the worst books for trying to learn Latin. I struggled misrebly trying to learn from this book. The content is beautiful. It contains nice cartoon colored pictures that corrospond with the stories in the book and also contains an extensive listing of vocabulary. The problem is that there is little explination on how to learn the conjegation, stem endings, casings of nouns and verbs and all that other stuff that is always vital to the sucess of learning a language. The teacher ended up teaching that to us. Its like walking around all the time saying The girl walk soon. Now I can translate that from latin into 'puella ambulare mox est' but theres no explination of how that is translated. Many pockets of vital Latin information are also missing such as what a Declension is.Overall this is a terrible book to use for a course of Latin and I wouldnt reccoment it to any student. If your stuck with it in High School like I am or in college best of luck your in for a tough year. Just a bit of advice I ended up purchasing the teachers edition of this book so I could understand the content and how its taught. It helped a bit but not completly. I would reccomend the books below for those who have trouble.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2000

    Latin can be fun!

    This is the only way to learn Latin if you're doing it for fun or out of personal interest. It includes lots of history and is really easy to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    My Children USE It

    I am certainly not a latin scholar, but after homeschooling five children for 16 years I am most pleased to find a latin course that they enjoy using. My fifteen year old who resists language stubbornly says that this book 'throws you into the Roman culture' and makes it more interesting than any other course he's tried (there have been MANY). On his own and without prompting from me, he has started a well organized notebook containing vocabulary from each chapter grouped into verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, etc. He enjoys reading aloud from the book and even has fun translating. My fourteen and 9 year olds who are studying Greek this year and have found Latin boring in the past have purused the book and look forward to using it in years to come.

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