Overall, this makes the inscriptions quite accessible to the beginning student which can be fairly satisfying! Each chapter is also concluded by a short epigram or the like, and by a section entitled "proverbia et dicta" which feel an awful lot like Wheelock's Sententiae Antique -- i. If you are using this book as supplementary readings for Wheelock or any traditional "grammar-translation" textbook , however, I'm afraid it won't be enough.
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Wheelock is an excellent textbook in many ways. The presentation of the grammar is clear and well-organized, and there are lots of great ancillaries to help you get through the book. By far its biggest draw-back, however, is the lack of reading passages of any significant length. This means that the course, while teaching the grammar and syntax quite nicely, does not develop proficiency in reading Latin as much as it should.
Students who finish Wheelock often have great difficulty making the transition to reading actual Latin texts if the assignments are of any significant length.
To ameliorate this situation, a student should supplement his or her studies with extended reading passages as soon as possible certainly from the latter half of Wheelock to the end. Scribblers, Sculptors, and Scribes is an excellent book, but it doesn't have nearly enough longer reading passages. It presents a considerable amount of a real Latin enough to get you acquainted with reading Latin prose, yet not so much that you can't finish the book , and includes helpful notes geared toward the beginning student.
Another possibility -- if you are brave -- is Augustus' Res Gestae. The Res Gestae Divi Augusti Greek Commentaries Series is quite inexpensive though the notes could be a bit more thorough for the beginning student. You could also try reading some of the graded passages in Jones and Sidwell's Reading Latin: Text say starting with the adapted Cicero about half way through the book.
Wheelock's Latin Latin Edition the Latin -- even from the latter half of the book -- feels too Anglicized. Many people like it though, and the main point is to read! In any case, if you are using a standard grammar-translation textbook as most of you are! It really is the only way to become a fluent reader and feel prepared to some degree when you finish your textbook and begin to read real Latin texts.
Exercises and discrete sentences are fine, but they are no substitute for reading, reading, reading! Sharp Great companion to Wheelock's Latin and other introductory texts. LaFleur has assembled a well chosen collection of texts that gets students reading "real" Latin. Many beginning students have found themselves agreeing with main character in Kingsley Amis's comic novel, Lucky Jim, regarding yet another assignment to translate Cicero: "that for a man so long and so thoroughly dead it was remarkable how much boredom Cicero could generate.
LaFleur's Scribblers, Sculptors and Scribes provides a superb alternative or adjunct to classic Latin with well chosen passages from the graffiti of Pompeii, "Paris hic Fuit" the perennial "Kilroy was here" or the gladiator as "the heartthrob of the girls" Susirium puellarum Celadus Thrcacus. A number of letters from the Vindolanda letters such as the famous birthday invitation by the wife of Roman Officer at fort near Hadrians wall are included, as well as examples of electoral programmata,campaigns and politics of Pompeii.
LaFleur's text is nicely illustrated with well chosen images of graffiti, tomb inscriptions etc. A worthy addition By michael A great companion! Latin for American Schools. Jude Jacques. Annus Horribilis. Mark Walker.
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A Must-Have Companion for Every Student Beginning Latin Scribblers, Scvlptors, and Scribes is the first collection of entirely authentic, unadapted, unsimplified classical Latin texts that beginning students, from the very first day of their introduction to Latin, can read, enjoy, and profit from.