You wrote:What is the best place to start?
I'm not a Latin professional, but I'm still sure that I would not begin with either A&G's New Latin Grammar
or E. C. Woodcock's New Latin Syntax
. I have a copy of A&G's grammar, and it is fine (actually even more than fine, rather a necessary adjunct. So, by all means do
download it). And I'm sure that Mr. Woodcock's New Latin Syntax
is very good, too. However, these are grammars, not text books (A&G's certainly isn't, and as far I can tell from the information on Amazon about Woodcock, that one isn't either).
For the beginning, you need a text book. On Archive.org you can find tons of those dating from the 19th century for free download. However, it might be best to choose one which ensures maximum support. As you can see from the Board Index, Textkit (users) favour (or at least concentrate on) two text books:
- "Wheelock's Latin"
- "Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin D'Ooge
Personally, I used Wheelock's Latin
(and later on added Bellum Helveticum
by Janes & Jenks), but it does have its faults. The learning curve is steeper than that of Latin for Beginners
- not so much as far as grammar but rather as far as the difficulty of the sample sentences and the pieces of continuous text is concerned. Its samples do, however, stick closer to the original authors (which is where the difficulty comes from). If you're comfortable with that, then have a look at it. Otherwise, have a look at the book by Mr. D'Ooge which you can download from Texkit (and the Key
to it as well, which is always good when you are learning on your own).
There's also H. Orberg's Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata
which is a Latin-only approach, but considering your background (Ancient Greek! Kudos to you!) that probably isn't the right one for you.
However, whichever textbook you are going to use, start reading Latin as soon as possible. That's a major problem that most textbooks have: too little continuous text. As a remedy I made a list of some easy Latin texts
. And by all means have a look at Laura Gibbs' web-site
The free audio-course Latinum
created by Evan Millner is recommendable, as well. Even if you do not choose to follow the main course (based on Mr. Adler's "Practical Grammar", which is by the way a textbook not a grammar), there are heaps of audio files to listen to.
That should be enough for the beginning.