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by Milena Minkova
Minkova's book, if carefully followed, can equip the reader to begin writing Latin with good grammar and mostly . English-speaking students of Latin prose composition have until now lacked an introduction which is concise and easy to understand, but which loses nothing in accuracy.
Minkova's book, if carefully followed, can equip the reader to begin writing Latin with good grammar and mostly classical vocabulary and idiom. The Latin that Minkova writes and wants to teach, to be sure, is not the nervously circumscribed, 'pure' classical Latin à la Menge but the richer and more eclectic variety cultivated by Erasmus and others who, like Seneca's bee, feel free to hop around in the whole variegated range of Latin literature, from Plautus to Caesar to St. Jerome and Lorenzo Valla.
The book is an entirely new introduction to Latin prose composition. It is of interest and use to anyone already acquainted with the fundamentals of Latin. Besides covering the basics of sentence construction, Minkova even give examples of the vaster rhetorical tricks employed by various classical writers. Examples abound for each point, though sadly they are not cited. While none of the information inside is exactly wrong, the book will probably prove unusable to most interested readers.
This is an excellent little book filled with varied exercises in Latin composition. I used this book for a Latin Composition independent study in the Fall of '05. I was very disappointed. Prepared by the team that heads the Institutum Latinum at the University of Kentucky, it consists of twenty-five chapters that provide selections from Latin readings as models for composition. This book will stimulate teachers to employ its methodology on whatever authors they are reading in class. The excercises vary from rediculously tedious to extremely confusing.
She has lived, studied and taught in Switzerland, Germany and Italy
She has lived, studied and taught in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. She is now a resident of the United States and teaches Latin and Classics at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Since the last decade of the 20th century, she has been one of the leading figures in the revival of the use of Latin among Latin scholars and teachers.
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Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. Print ISBN: 9780865166721, 0865166722. A new approach to Latin prose composition, this book is concisely organized, giving easy and efficient reference.
She has lived, studied and taught in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. With her colleague Terence Tunberg, Minkova has co-authored four books: Readings and Exercises in Latin Prose Composition (Focus, 2004); Reading Livy's Rome: Selections from Books I-VI Of Livy's Ab Urbe Condita (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2005); Mater Anserina: Poems in Latin for Children (Focus, 2006); Latin for the New Millennium, an introductory Latin textbook. Bolchazy-Carducci, two volumes, 2008-2009). She is currently working on a critical anthology of Neo-Latin texts. ISBN13: 9781898855439. Release Date: January 2002.
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Latin Grammar, Prose Composition, & Reference Readings and Exercises in Latin Prose Composition provides a refreshing .
Latin Grammar, Prose Composition, & Reference. Lingua Latina per se illustrata series. Readings and Exercises in Latin Prose Composition provides a refreshing approach for the standard Latin composition course offered at the college level.
The work is concisely organized, enabling easy and efficient reference. The ten chapters deal with the following topics: how to convey every possible message in a simple sentence; how to connect independent sentences in order to create a text; how to communicate complex messages using subordination; how to express relations within a clause; what word-order to use; what vocabulary to choose. It provides everything one needs to know in order to write in Latin. The last two chapters propose practical exercises of reworking ancient texts and creating one's own.
The book fosters a close familiarity with the Latin language, which in turn makes access to any Latin text an easier and more pleasant task.