Wiley's Real Latin: Learning Latin from the Source

Wiley's Real Latin: Learning Latin from the Source

by Robert Maltby, Kenneth Belcher
     
 

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“Many Latin students have experienced that dreadful letdown, in which they have difficulty with ‘real’ Latin after months of textbook instruction. This book, with its guidance through unchanged Latin passages, offers a practical approach to a demanding language; it will be especially gratifying to students eager to read ancient

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“Many Latin students have experienced that dreadful letdown, in which they have difficulty with ‘real’ Latin after months of textbook instruction. This book, with its guidance through unchanged Latin passages, offers a practical approach to a demanding language; it will be especially gratifying to students eager to read ancient texts.”
Dustin Heinen, The University of Texas at Arlington

Wiley’s Real Latin prepares students to read Latin by using real Latin from the start. It features a clear exposition of grammar, cultural background, attractive illustrations, frequent reviews, and helpful ‘Hints’ throughout.”
Barbara Gold, Hamilton College

“Clarity, depth, opportunity to practise, helpful tables, images from Roman material culture, and information on the context of genuine Latin sentences set as translation exercises make Wiley's Real Latin an attractively produced rival to Wheelock's Latin.”
Costas Panayotakis, University of Glasgow

“An elegant and succinct introduction to Latin. Using only passages from ‘real Latin’ throughout, it brings Classical writers like Cicero, Caesar, Catullus and Ovid into the classroom from the beginning.”
Anne Rogerson, The University of Sydney

“Very interesting approach! Material presented simply, clearly, meaningfully. Well paced. Interesting ‘asides’, linguistic, historical and helpful hints, chapter reviews. Sentence-based exercises from authentic Latin and into English challenge both recognition and production skills. Well done!”
Margaret Palczynski, McGill University

This innovative introduction to traditional Latin grammar uses examples taken from the Classical Latin canon to communicate the essentials of the language to beginning students. As well as providing an entertaining window on the cultural world inhabited by celebrated literati such as Cicero and Julius Caesar, this distinctive approach to learning Latin is excellent preparation for students’ impending immersion in the great works of Classical Latin literature.

Informed throughout by feedback from the classroom, this accessible guide includes numerous illustrations and translation exercises that prove the relevance of the dictum ‘experience is the teacher of all things’. Above all, this textbook enables students to arrive at a depth of knowledge in Latin grammar such that they may remind themselves that ‘iucundi acti labores’: ‘accomplished labors are pleasant’.

An accompanying website providing a comprehensive instructor manual and studying aids for students is available at www.wiley.com/go/reallatin.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Wiley's Real Latin is an intriguing new addition to the canon of Latin pedagogy that will enthrall students as they discover the wonders of Classic Latin. In addition, instructors will welcome the intuitive organization of the textbook and the wealth of supplemental materials designed specifically for instructors, such as a detailed instructor's manual that includes tips for instructors, Extra Examples of Difficult Constructions, practice tests, handouts, and much more, can be found on the book's companion website mentioned above.”  (History in Review, 1 October 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470655078
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/22/2013
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“The use of all ancient texts for illustrations of grammar, translation exercises, and longer passages is a real asset—this is the best way for students to learn the Latin language in its own terms and gives good opportunity for exploration of literature, history, and culture along with grammar.”
 Erika J. Nesholm, Kenyon College

“Many Latin students have experienced that dreadful letdown, in which they have difficulty with ‘real’ Latin after months of textbook instruction. This book, with its guidance through unchanged Latin passages, offers a practical approach to a demanding language; it will be especially gratifying to students eager to read ancient texts.”
 Dustin Heinen, The University of Texas at Arlington

Wiley’s Real Latin prepares students to read Latin by using real Latin from the start. It features a clear exposition of grammar, cultural background, attractive illustrations, frequent reviews, and helpful ‘Hints’ throughout.”
 Barbara Gold, Hamilton College

“Traditional, rigorous, but also fun: experienced Latinists set out Latin as it really is, with clarity and through real Latin written by Romans. The textbook for ab initio teaching.”
Calum Maciver, University of Edinburgh

“A most valuable and absorbing guide for students of Latin at all levels: clear exposition, all examples from real Latin authors, biographies and illustrations to provide contexts. Use and enjoy it.”
 J.B. Hall, Hildred Carlile Professor of Latin Emeritus, University of London

“Clarity, depth, opportunity to practise, helpful tables, images from Roman material culture, and information on the context of genuine Latin sentences set as translation exercises make Wiley's Real Latin an attractively produced rival to Wheelock's Latin.”
 Costas Panayotakis, University of Glasgow

“This engaging guide provides students with the skills they need to read and enjoy real Latin texts. Features include clear and concise grammatical explanations, practice exercises all based on Latin authors, user-friendly layout with images, helpful hints and vocabulary.”
 Sophie Weeks, University of York

“An elegant and succinct introduction to Latin. Using only passages from ‘real Latin’ throughout, it brings Classical writers like Cicero, Caesar, Catullus and Ovid into the classroom from the beginning.”
 Anne Rogerson, The University of Sydney

“Very interesting approach! Material presented simply, clearly, meaningfully. Well paced. Interesting ‘asides’, linguistic, historical and helpful hints, chapter reviews. Sentence-based exercises from authentic Latin and into English challenge both recognition and production skills. Well done!”
Margaret Palczynski, McGill University

Meet the Author

Robert Maltby is Emeritus Professor of Latin Philology at the University of Leeds. His previous publications include A Lexicon of Ancient Latin Etymologies (1991), Tibullus Elegies: Text, Introduction and Commentary (2002), and Terence: Phormio (2012).

Kenneth Belcher is a Teaching Fellow in Classics at the University of Leeds, where he lectures in Latin and Greek literature and language. He has contributed conference papers in the UK and internationally.

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