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Planning a reading list for Latin learning and a study plan for 7 or so years

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I’ve heard from Paul Veyne that “no student of Latin after 7 years of study would be able to read two lines of authentic text” ( a bit of a hyperbole to my mind, but with some truth in it, just look at Persius and Statius) and that less than 20 hours a week would yield no fruits whatsoever ( If you want to see his views in detail refer to these videos: https://youtu.be/P5gyrOLDNTw and https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ayn99). He went so as far as to recommend the Ratio Studiorum as a guideline for study. I decided then to make some kind of program to study the language and not bore myself to death. I would split in 7 or so parts ( or years)and make his proposal somewhat more doable (whilst keeping 20 hours a week mark in sight).

1st year:
Textbooks:
-Latin for Beginners by D’Oodge
-LLPSI-Familia Romana

Readers:
-Ritchie’s Fabula Faciles
-New Gradatim
-Roma Aeterna
-Ladder to Caesar

Authentic texts:
-Vergil’s first eclogue
-Caesar’s De Bello Gallico

2nd year:

Authentic texts:
- Vergil’s Aeneid
- Ovid
-Catullus
-Cicero’s In Catilinam

Composition exercises:
Undecided yet

Grammars in extensive reading:
-A&G
-Gildersleeve

3rd year:

Authentic texts:
-Sallust
-Tibullus
-Propertius
-Livy

omposition exercises:
Undecided yet

Grammars in extensive reading:
-A&G
-Gildersleeve

4rth year:

Authentic texts:
-Seneca’s letters
-Suetonius
- Terence

Composition exercises:
Undecided yet

Grammars in extensive reading:
-A&G
-Gildersleeve

5th year:

Revision of the previous four years

6th year:

Authentic text:
-Horace’s Odes

Composition exercises:
Undecided yet

Grammars in extensive reading:
-A&G
-Gildersleeve

7th year

Authentic text:
-Horace’s Odes
- Tacitus’ Annales

Composition exercises:
Undecided yet

Grammars in extensive reading:
-A&G
-Gildersleeve
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Re: Planning a reading list for Latin learning and a study plan for 7 or so years

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Hello! I'll start by noting that I've only been learning Latin for 2.5+ years (since, with a 6 month break at one point, November 2019).

Furthermore, it's worth noting that many parts of Roma Aeterna are quite a bit harder than DBG. And, I'd argue, at the end of your year 2, having diligently (I mean this quite literally, for otherwise you'll move too quickly through your plan) read through your year 1 and 2 schedules, most of Latin literature should be *accessible*. Do not suppose that I mean it will all be easily legible - if this is your goal, there is no better method than reading 1-2+ hours of *level-appropriate* Latin everyday - but your plan will eventually work, and if you wish to come as quickly as possible to *real* texts, it isn't a bad one. Are you intending to be a scholar? Or are you learning for fun? The former demands A.S.A.P. engagement with important texts, I think (which will ultimately compromise your efficiency in becoming 'fluent'), while the latter does not. It depends on you.

I do wonder, as well, what you mean by "grammars in extensive reading". I've found both those grammars very helpful, but mostly for no more than clarifying a particular point about which I was lost.

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Re: Planning a reading list for Latin learning and a study plan for 7 or so years

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This is very ambitious, I'm happy to hear that you are so interested in learning Latin.

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Re: Planning a reading list for Latin learning and a study plan for 7 or so years

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Cristoferuritius15 wrote: Sun Jan 08, 2023 2:38 am I’ve heard from Paul Veyne that “no student of Latin after 7 years of study would be able to read two lines of authentic text” ( a bit of a hyperbole to my mind, but with some truth in it, just look at Persius and Statius) and that less than 20 hours a week would yield no fruits whatsoever ( If you want to see his views in detail refer to these videos: https://youtu.be/P5gyrOLDNTw and https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ayn99). He went so as far as to recommend the Ratio Studiorum as a guideline for study. I decided then to make some kind of program to study the language and not bore myself to death. I would split in 7 or so parts ( or years)and make his proposal somewhat more doable (whilst keeping 20 hours a week mark in sight).

1st year:
Textbooks:
-Latin for Beginners by D’Oodge
-LLPSI-Familia Romana

Readers:
-Ritchie’s Fabula Faciles
-New Gradatim
-Roma Aeterna
-Ladder to Caesar

Authentic texts:
-Vergil’s first eclogue
-Caesar’s De Bello Gallico

2nd year:

Authentic texts:
- Vergil’s Aeneid
- Ovid
-Catullus
-Cicero’s In Catilinam

Composition exercises:
- Gildersleeve’s Exercises in Prose Composition

Grammars in extensive reading:
-A&G
-Gildersleeve

3rd year:

Authentic texts:
-Sallust
-Tibullus
-Propertius
-Livy

Composition exercises:
Undecided yet

Grammars in extensive reading:
-A&G
-Gildersleeve

4rth year:

Authentic texts:
-Seneca’s letters
-Suetonius
- Terence

Composition exercises:
Undecided yet

Grammars in extensive reading:
-A&G
-Gildersleeve

5th year:

Revision of the previous four years

6th year:

Authentic text:
-Horace’s Odes

Composition exercises:
Undecided yet

Grammars in extensive reading:
-A&G
-Gildersleeve

7th year

Authentic text:
-Horace’s Odes
- Tacitus’ Annales

Composition exercises:
Undecided yet

Grammars in extensive reading:
-A&G
-Gildersleeve

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