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WHERE CAN I GET A GRAMMAR BOOK OF PATRISTIC LATIN?

Postby guilingchang » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:31 pm

I'm learning patristic Latin, and I want a systemic grammar book of that, anyone who can recommend one? Thank you!
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Re: WHERE CAN I GET A GRAMMAR BOOK OF PATRISTIC LATIN?

Postby Patruus » Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:37 pm

guilingchang wrote:I'm learning patristic Latin, and I want a systemic grammar book of that, anyone who can recommend one? Thank you!


I have been unable to identify a grammar directed specifically to patristic Latin. I therefore suggest you use "A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin" by John E Collins, which is very thorough and states in its preface that "the ecclesiastical Latin of this text is largely that of Jerome and Ambrose".

I have also become aware of a Latin reader in patristic authors which includes grammar/syntax notes but which appears to be available only second-hand, namely "The Osterley Selection from the Latin Fathers" by Joseph Crehan.
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Re: WHERE CAN I GET A GRAMMAR BOOK OF PATRISTIC LATIN?

Postby thesaurus » Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:42 pm

I'm not sure what your current background in Latin is, but there aren't many significant differences between the grammar of classical and patristic Latin. There are some eccentricities, but it shouldn't present many challenges for someone with a basis in classical Latin (which would have formed the basis for the education of the Church fathers themselves).

If you already have a background in Latin, the Primer in Ecclesiastical Latin would be a good place to look for notable differences. If you don't have a background in Latin, I'd suggest starting with a standard course and supplementing it with ecclesiastical readings.
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Re: WHERE CAN I GET A GRAMMAR BOOK OF PATRISTIC LATIN?

Postby Jim Bryan » Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:49 pm

An Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin [1922] [Paperback]
by H. P. V. (Henry Preston Vaughan) Nunn (Author)

This is a grammar of Ecclesiastical Latin. There are many editions. I used the 1952 edition in seminary.
It is available at Amazon as a reprint for about $18.00

You can also down load it on the internet, but the book is easier to use.

It also has some interesting examples at the back, Pliny's letter to the emperor asking about persecuting Christians.

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