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Although a “classical” language, Latin is far from dead—linguists use that term merely to define a language that has no native speakers. Latin is very much vital and living. It is a pillar of our own language, our culture, and our civilization. Latin is a thread that connects us with our own history; if it were to snap, we would lose our relationship to the past.
Fortunately, more and more people are discovering the importance and rewards of learning Latin. We are witnessing a major revival—one that seems likely to continue. As Latin is no longer a spoken language, today’s students are interested primarily in being able to read Latin, for pleasure and profit, with reasonable facility and comprehension. Latin Made Simple was conceived, organized, and written to help achieve this objective.
The book presents Latin grammar with economy and clarity, and this alone makes it valuable to the reader and student. Of even greater value is the book’s focus on the practical reading requirements of non-specialists. We have tried to anticipate your questions, divine your needs, and respond to your most likely interests and concerns.
This newest edition adds a number of reference features that make Latin Made Simple not only an excellent self-guided tutorial, which it has always been, but a useful tool for review and for expanding one’s command of the language beyond the beginning stages.
Each chapter introduces a number of new grammatical concepts that should be mastered before proceeding to the next chapter—learning a language is a cumulative experience. These sections are numbered, in this edition, in order to facilitate use of the index to which they are keyed. Each chapter is organized to introduce (1) new reading vocabulary, (2) new morphology (the shapes of the words), (3) new syntax (rules for constructing sentences), and (4) exercises to work through (with an answer key in the back) to ensure command of the new material covered. Each chapter, lastly, ends with a review of the material covered in the chapter and a reading, in Latin, to test your progress before moving on.
Latin Made Simple is for the readers and students who want to read the rich treasury of Latin literature, history, law, and religion in the original—since all translations have their failings. The rewards are many and include understanding of innumerable ways in which Latin has nourished and enriched English and become woven into contemporary life. Our coins and bills, the legend on school diplomas, language on medical prescriptions, and scores of words and phrases we use unconsciously every day all reflect the continuing vitality of Latin. Latin Made Simple is intended for the lively minded and curious, in school or no longer in school, who want to know more about a language and a culture that have done much to shape our own.