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textbook: Reading Latin by Peter V. Jones, Keith C. Sidwell

Postby benissimus » Wed Mar 02, 2005 3:36 am

has anybody used this book? is it popular in the UK? what is it like?
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Postby chrisb » Wed Mar 02, 2005 9:00 am

I would say it is very much like Reading Greek from JACT. The two volunmes are similar in style, with a reader and a grammar plus exercises. I used it as a refresher course and found it very useful, but I think it would be quitye hard work for a beginner as I think the learening curve is quite steep.

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Postby Episcopus » Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:08 pm

It would be a bit hard for beginners. It is aimed at adults of high linguistic aptitude in my opinion. The reader ends with extracts from Cicero and co.
A good use of it would be post-d'ooge: to refresh grammar and add vocabulary sensitivity to the latin idiom and reading practice.
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Postby Guenevera » Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:23 am

I used it; everything was explained well; I found it very good. I agree that it would be heavy going for an absolute beginner, but if you have some grounding in basic Latin it isn't too difficult. Before using it, I did about half of "The Approach to Latin" (book 1) by Paterson & Macnaughton, which turned out to be sufficient grounding.
(I believe Reading Greek is by the same authors as Reading Latin, which would be why it is similar.)
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Postby Guenevera » Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:26 pm

There is a review of the course at http://wonder.riverwillow.com.au/home_e ... _latin.htm .
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Postby Johannes_Vigorniae » Sun Apr 17, 2005 2:22 am

Guenevera wrote:I believe Reading Greek is by the same authors as Reading Latin, which would be why it is similar.


No, I don't think so. The authors, Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell, did this book on their own initiative. I think it's a bit better than Reading Greek, but the authors deliberately echoed the style of Reading Greek and had it published by the same publishers, Cambridge University Press.
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