Reading after Wheelock

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Reading after Wheelock

Post by Dacicus » Sat Apr 24, 2004 6:17 pm

How well does Wheelock's Latin prepare one for reading Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War? In other words, what grammatical things do I need to learn after completing Wheelock in order to read that work correctly?

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Post by benissimus » Sat Apr 24, 2004 6:31 pm

Wheelock's isn't that great for Caesar actually. It blatantly adopts you to Ciceronian style, although for some quirky reason it teaches the Augustan forms where there is a contrast between Augustan and Ciceronian and does not go much into variations or syncopation. You will do well to take a look at alternative forms (-is for -es in third declension; -ere for -erunt in the perfect tense of verbs). Wheelock's also omits several common forms of the subjunctive and hardly mentions syncopation. I recommend you pick up a book like Moreland & Fleischer's and take a quick review while you brush up on a few new things. You can always just study this straight from a grammar book (like me :oops: ), but that is quite boring and likely to make you a subject of ridicule. Footnotes or a Loeb can also compensate for Wheelock's lackings, but some people like the independence of being able to read a passage without any help.
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Good Book

Post by Iulius Caesar » Sun May 02, 2004 7:45 pm

For those who want to try and read De Bello Gallico by Caesar after taking Wheelock's I would actually recommend a 2nd year Latin book.

Second Year Latin by Jenney Scudder Baade Coffin ISBN: 0-205-07869-9

It actually runs you right through most of De Bello Gallico. It teaches you how to read Caesar especially. Very good book!

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