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1paperpusher
Feb 14, 2007, 5:44pm

Could somebody tell me what is the best Latin grammar for somebody who hasn't studied it in about 45 years? I'm ambitiously considering Adam Bede, Spinoza and Descartes in Latin, also Augustine. My acquaintance with these is very limited. What are some easier Latin authors?

2denseatoms
Edited: Feb 15, 2007, 6:29am

I'm finally compensating for the gap in my education that ended with a Latin I class in high school circa 1966 -- I'm leaning Latin with:

Title: HARPER COLLINS COLLEGE OUTLINE WHEELOCK'S LATIN GRAMMAR
Author: Frederic Wheelock
Publication: Harper Collins (1992), Paperback
Date: 1992

I'm progressing quickly and surely with Wheelock's clear explanations and exercises that include (somewhat modified in most cases) actual quotations from Roman authors.

Others who really know their Latin may have more expert recommendations to make -- but I do like this book.

Sorry -- but I'm still too much of a neophyte to recommend any Latin authors!

3Menarue First Message
Feb 22, 2007, 2:26am

I like this book too.
Menarue

4LolaWalser
Mar 1, 2007, 2:34pm

One thing that confuses me with the English-language Latin textbooks (Wheelock among them) is the case sequence. In school I studied Latin nouns declined through nom, gen, dat, acc, voc, abl; in English it's all jumbled. (No doubt English students feel that way about our system.)

For those who have already studied Latin, I found "Latina pro populo" by the Humez brothers to be a solid AND entertaining refresher.

5paperpusher
Mar 2, 2007, 9:35pm

denseatoms, I picked up a copy of "Wheelock's" from amazon. Thanks for the advice.

6denseatoms
Mar 3, 2007, 10:31pm

> #4. Gratias tibi ago propter the advise on "Latina pro populo." Will give it a try once I finish Wheelock.

7sulpicia First Message
Mar 3, 2007, 10:35pm

I know Wheelock to be really good. After my two semesters of Latin I've been going over my textbook, and I picked up the Wheelock's Reader, what they've included in there is really good for practice. I also found Latin Verb Drills (Richard Prior, McGraw Hill) to be useful just for going beating the grammar into my head.

I'll definitely look for Latina pro populo, I need something else. And some more motivation to study, other than the copy of the Aeneid in Latin that's sitting on my desk waiting to be read.

8legallypuzzled
Mar 4, 2007, 8:20am

#7 ("I need something else")

That's why I picked up a copy of Harrius Potter, in the hopes that it would encourage me to revisit my Latin training. Right now it's a bit too much, but we'll see how it goes by this time next year.

9hnn
Apr 16, 2007, 3:20am

I have just finished the Oxford Latin Course, in three volumes, and I have enjoyed it very very much! Colourful, photos, nice layout. It introduces the life story of Horatius, from school to deatch, interleaved with Roman history sections in English, excersizes and grammar sections. The latin progresses from very simple to intermediate.

Wheelock is a bit to dull to me.

For reference grammar, there is nothing comparable to Allen and Greenough's New Latin grammar.