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Latin: An Intensive Course Paperback – October 19, 1977

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ISBN-13: 978-0520031838 ISBN-10: 0520031830

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"The best Latin text now available and I very much doubt that a better one will appear for a long time."—Ralph W. Johnson, Cornell University

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (October 19, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520031830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520031838
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1997
Format: Paperback
Of the several Latin grammars I have used (or tried to use), Intensive Latin clearly ranks as my favorite. The book is very thorough but incredibly concise, so much that you might miss some of the details the first time through. As a consolation, however, the book has an excellent index system, such that even each vocabulary entry has an associated chapter number.

The contents are arranged fairly logically, although this might not seem apparent to the newcomer. Each chapter (or "unit") succinctly presents several concepts, and ends with a vocabulary list and extensive drills, exercises, and readings. Interspersed among the units are multi-unit reviews that provide self-exercises and generally help the reader better assimilate the information contained in the previous units. The book concludes with an appendix summarizing all the grammar concepts, two vocabulary lists (Latin-English and English-Latin), and an index.

Having used the book in a college course, I did not note any errors in the book's content.

The book clearly focuses on "classical Latin", as indicated by the vocabulary lists and reading selections. However, one studying this book will be more than sufficiently prepared to tackle reading Medieval Latin sources.

Corroborating the statements of a fellow reviewer, I found that the binding really is poor. Anyone using the book seriously will have to glue, tape, or otherwise rectify the situation to keep all the pages in one spot and in the proper order. This book is completely undeserving of such a substandard edifice!

In sum, I highly recommend Intensive Latin to the serious student. Less eager individuals might find themselves swept away by the rapidity of presentation.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ryder on January 24, 2001
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Picture yourself at the edge of a pool--a pool of Latin that is. Most Latin course books will hold your hand as they gently guide you to the steps at the shallow end. Not so with Moreland and Fleischer. This first-rate text expeditiously gives you a shove into the uncharted deep end. But what a deep end!
I'm using two books right now for an independent study (Moreland and Fleischer, and the respected "Wheelock's Latin"). These books used together (allowing you the whole pool) is the way to go. Wheelock holds your hand, tells you stories, and provides cutesy sentences that stick in your head (Apollo me saepe servat), which makes for a nice break from the other text, i.e., the one that takes no prisoners and shoves the subjunctive mood down your throat in chapter 2 (Wheelock waits until chapter 28!!). But, as mentioned, this student of Latin recommends a cautious mixture of the two texts.
One slightly negative comment on the Moreland and Fleischer, however: there is no key for the unit exercises, which makes it very frustrating after you've spent 20 minutes piecing together a lengthy sentence translation. Soon, you begin to settle with translations like "Unless the cares of the women are met, the sailors will be condemned by the inhabitants, and the people of the province will not work." Huh?
In short, this book is highly useful but certainly not for the (pardon the cliché) faint of heart.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By denmch on September 5, 2001
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This is a fine Latin text for the mature or adult student who is able and willing to learn and to study Latin as more than a hobby. I must add for the consumer's sake that a previous review is very misleading. "Bennett's New Latin Grammar," suggested as an alternative, is not a textbook, but a reference grammar best suited for beginning to intermediate Latin students (more advanced grammars being "Allen & Greenough" and "Hale & Buck"). Wheelock is a fine alternative to "Latin: An Intensive Course," and is somewhat easier to follow, but either book will suit a mature individual. I highly recommend using in addition a good mid-level dictionary (Chambers-Murray being the best for size, scope, and price) as well as a good beginning reference grammar (Bennett being the most readily available, and probably the easiest to use--but you'll want to upgrade later).
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C. Golden on May 11, 2003
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I have now completed my fourth reading of this very excellent work by Moreland and Fleischer. While it may be true as one reviewer states that many of the sentences in this book do not resemble "real" Latin by "real" authors, readers should remember that these sentences are exercises -- not passages. Their purpose is to present puzzles whose solutions will leave a strong impression upon those students who continue to the end of the book where "real Latin" does indeed occur: Caesar, Petronius, Cicero, Martial, and others are represented in brief passages.
But forget about the passages. This book shines in its ability to communicate grammatical principles clearly, in a logical order, with little wasted space. Having completed its eighteen units, students will be able to jump easily into Livy or Pliny and thence into the wider corpus.
I learned Latin from this book. I now use it as a teaching text for my independent study kids (high school). The book can be completed in about three semesters, exposing students to the entire grammar (and some reading experience) early enough to have them reading Ovid and Vergil while their peers are still struggling with semi-deponent verbs and the ablative absolute.
Forget Wheelock and buy this book. By the time the binding falls apart (and it will) you'll be well on your way to great grammatical skills. These rapidly developed skills will come at the expense of the wider vocabulary encountered in other texts, but the memorization of vocabulary is relatively cheap and easy work.
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