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Reading Latin is a Latin course designed to help mature beginners read Latin fluently and intelligently, primarily in the context of classical culture, but with some mediaeval Latin too. It does this in three ways; it encourages reading of continuous texts from the start; it offers generous help with translation at every stage; and it integrates the learning of Classical Latin with an appreciation of the influence of the Latin language upon English and European culture from Antiquity to the present. The text, richly illustrated, consists at the start of carefully graded adaptations from original Classical Latin texts. The adaptations are gradually phased out until unadultered prose and verse can be read. The Grammar, Vocabulary and Exercises volume supplies all the help needed to do this, together with a range of reinforcing exercises for each section, including English into Latin for those who want it. At the end of each section, a selection of Latin epigrams, mottoes, quotations, everyday Latin, word-derivations, examples of mediaeval Latin and discussions of the influence of Latin upon English illustrate the language's impact on Western culture. Reading Latin is principally designed for university and adult beginners, and also for sixth-formers (eleventh and twelth graders in the USA). It is also ideal for those people who may have learned Latin many years ago, and wish to renew their acquaintance with the language. Its companion course, Reading Greek is one of the most widely used mature beginners' courses in the world.
Preface; Notes to grammar, exercises and vocabulary; Abbreviations; Pronunciation; Notes on illustrations; Glossary of English-Latin grammar; Grammar, vocabulary and exercises for section 1-6; Introduction; Reference grammar; Acknowledgements.
Posted June 29, 2001
We (my 11-yr-old daughter and I) have been using this book and the accompanying Reading Text to learn Latin. We are both new to Latin and are learning together. These books have taken us from knowing zilch to knowing at least something in two months. We both can catch the enthusiasm of the authors and find that every possible point of difficulty for rookies is explained well, and sometimes with humour. The book has 6 sections - we are only part-way through section one so far, but I think that these 2 books may be the only texts I will need for all my family for as far as they could care to go in Latin during their school years. It seems to be very comprehensive. I have enjoyed the approach of reading in Latin being concurrent from the beginning - it is an encouragement to look at a page or so of a Latin play (carefully graded, of course) and realise that my daughter and I have read and understood it!! I would recommend this to homeschooled highschoolers (my daughter is younger, but able and motivated). It is not written as a text for elementary school-age students, but it can certainly be used before the last years of high school. Both books are a set, you need to have the readings as well as the grammar and vocab and exercises.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.