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purchasing a grammar

Postby dlb » Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:03 pm

I am looking for recomendations concerning the purchase of a Latin grammar - any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Does the age of the grammar matter? For example: A&G 1903 version vs the same 2001 by Pullins Co.?
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Re: purchasing a grammar

Postby Lex » Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:26 am

I will leave the scholarly recommendations to those better qualified. My main suggestion is to check out any used book stores in your area. I've found a number of good older grammars and readers in the $3 to $5 range in the used book stores local to me. Be aware that the new printings of older books are often just fascimile reproductions. The quality of the print may thus actually be better in the older copies than in the reprints.
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Re: purchasing a grammar

Postby paulusnb » Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:56 pm

I have a newer Allen and Greenough and I am happy with it. Bennet is small and to the point. Super Review Latin is a good and cheap reprint of a Dooge book. It has exercises in it, but it works as a Grammar. Super Review markets it as an AP review. The 2001 Pullins AG is not just a facsimile. It is my rec.
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Re: purchasing a grammar

Postby modus.irrealis » Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:07 pm

I have the Pullins reprint and my only complaint is that the page isn't marked to tell you the paragraph numbers on each page, but every reference is through the paragraph numbers, so it can be annoying to find where something is. I know it's not a serious issue but it's something that could have easily been avoided. But there are no issues other than that, and I haven't noticed any differences from the 1903 version online (at the Perseus site for example) -- the foreword says the section on metre has been changed, but I haven't used this material in either version so I can't say if it's been improved (although my guess would be it has been).
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Re: purchasing a grammar

Postby Essorant » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:56 pm

I recommend a coursebook such as Latin Via Ovid and Lingua Latina. These give the fire, water, earth and air for learning and understanding the language, which things will stay with one much better than a periodic table of too many things to remember.
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Re: purchasing a grammar

Postby dlb » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:48 pm

modus.irrealis wrote: ... and I haven't noticed any differences from the 1903 version online (at the Perseus site for example) -- the foreword says the section on metre has been changed, ...

Thanks for the reply. This is what I was looking for - a verification of no or few changes due to more recent printings.
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Re: purchasing a grammar

Postby dlb » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:54 pm

Essorant wrote:I recommend a coursebook such as Latin Via Ovid and Lingua Latina. These give the fire, water, earth and air for learning and understanding the language, which things will stay with one much better than a periodic table of too many things to remember.

I read Lingua Latina most evenings prior to retiring. Before that I work on Wheelocks and exercises from St. Louis Univ. The issue I am having is that my 'evening devotionals' w/ Lingua Latina are outpacing my knowledge gained via Wheelocks so I am constantly scrambling to keep up w/ LL, however I can. My reading of LL is also causing me to realize that I need a grammar, a centralized place to lookup info on Latin grammar.
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Re: purchasing a grammar

Postby paulusnb » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:14 am

dlb wrote:I read Lingua Latina most evenings prior to retiring. Before that I work on Wheelocks and exercises from St. Louis Univ. The issue I am having is that my 'evening devotionals' w/ Lingua Latina are outstripping my knowledge gained via Wheelocks so I am constantly scrambling to keep up w/ LL, however I can. My reading of LL is also causing me to realize that I need a grammar, a centralized place to lookup info on Latin grammar.
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If this is the case, I would really recommend the college companion. I bought it when I started teaching from Lingua Latina. It is quite good.
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Re: purchasing a grammar

Postby dlb » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:16 pm

paulusnb wrote:
dlb wrote:I read Lingua Latina most evenings prior to retiring. Before that I work on Wheelocks and exercises from St. Louis Univ. The issue I am having is that my 'evening devotionals' w/ Lingua Latina are outpacing my knowledge gained via Wheelocks so I am constantly scrambling to keep up w/ LL, however I can. My reading of LL is also causing me to realize that I need a grammar, a centralized place to lookup info on Latin grammar.
Thanks,
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If this is the case, I would really recommend the college companion. I bought it when I started teaching from Lingua Latina. It is quite good.



Thanks for the reply. I believe, from your reply & from others, that I can't go wrong w/ A&G's grammar and that there appears to be no diference in context between the various editions.
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Re: purchasing a grammar

Postby Scribo » Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:18 pm

I have Morwood's and a PDF of A&G, so far it's going just fine.
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