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Thirty-Eight Latin Stories Designed to Accompany Wheelock's Latin (Latin Edition) (Latin) Paperback – 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0865162891 ISBN-10: 0865162891 Edition: 5th

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Bolchazy Carducci Publishers; 5th edition (2004)
  • Language: Latin
  • ISBN-10: 0865162891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865162891
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: Latin, English

About the Author

James M. May received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently Professor of Classics and Associate Dean for Humanities at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. In addition to 38 Latin Stories, May is author of several articles and books, including Trials of Character: The Eloquence of Ciceronian Ethos. He has served as Vice-President for Education of the American Philological Association and as President of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. In 1986 he was the winner of the American Philological Association's Award for Excellence in the Teaching of the Classics.

Anne H. Groton earned her Ph.D. in Classical Studies at the University of Michigan and has taught since 1981 at St. Olaf College, where she is Professor of Classics and chairs the Department of Classics. In addition to 38 Latin Stories, she is author of several articles on ancient comedy as well as From Alpha to Omega: A Beginning Course in Classical Greek. Every other year she directs a student production of a play by Plautus, performed in a musical mixture of Latin and English. In 1995 she received the American Philological Association's Award for Excellence in the Teaching of the Classics.


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I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Roberto P. De Ferraz
This is a great supplement to Wheelock's Latin and for beginning Latin student's in general.
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102 of 102 people found the following review helpful By "wumouse" on July 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
The "38 Stories" in the book, edited to form a progression in difficulty, are an excellent introduction to reading actual Latin authors. The most frustrating time in a Latin student's course of study may be this transition from memorizing grammatical forms to applying this knowledge in reading Latin. The stories are fairly short, so that students will not get bored by content, exposing them to many different styles of writing in a shorter period of time.
The passages chosen are also from famous authors' works, giving students a sense of satisfaction that they are now able to read the work of those authors about which they have heard much reference. Formatted like the more difficult Latin works, with notes and vocabulary facing the page, "38 Latin Stories" eases students into this style of study, better preparing them for reading works of Cicero, Vergil, Horace, and others. Moreover, this book does not need to be used in conjunction with Wheelock's Latin. Personally, I used this text after the study of grammar and before delving into Cicero's Catilinarian orations. Even just taking selected passages from the 38 stories is an excellent introduction to reading Latin through reinforcement of grammatical concepts.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
The "Grammar Assumed" section lets you know exactly the grammar you are working with and, assuming you are doing Wheelock's concurrently with this book, any new vocabulary is presented on the page opposite. Everything is nicely in place.
A word to the wise (which is the main reason for this review): If you choose to order from a marketplace seller, you may want to make sure you're getting the edition you think you are. There are a lot of 3rd editions out there, and the sellers don't distinguish from these and the current 5th editions.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By "radagasty" on April 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
38 Latin Stories is an excellent source of graded Latin prose to accompany Wheelock's Latin. As the title suggests, it contains 38 stories in Latin which are graded according to the chapters of Wheelock's. Each story more-or-less corresponds to one chapter in the textbook.
All vowel lengths are marked in the stories, and each story has vocabulary on the facing page containing words not in the textbook. There is also a useful glossary at the back of the book.
However, for its price, it does not actually contain much Latin text as the stories are each only half an A5 page long, and the print is fairly large. They are, however, interesting and provide valuable additional reading material.
Despite this, I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who wished to gain additional experience and practice in reading Latin, over and above what is usually provided in textbooks.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Weaver on December 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Wheelock's "Latin - An Introductory Course" has proved itself to be one of the best and most popular texts for learning Latin. This work is an excellent companion and supplement to his grammar.
This selection of readings is keyed to his grammar; each Latin selection follows a certain lesson in his "Introductory Course". Each short Latin reading is on the left (even) pages, and the vocabulary and grammatical annotations for the selection are on the facing (right) page. All are heavily adapted and annotated, but less so as the grammatical sophistication of the student grows.
I found this work beneficial in several ways: it provides supplementary reading and practice to reinforce the grammar; it gives additional vocabulary, above and beyond what's given in the grammar; and it gives a good mix of cultural, literary, and mythological themes to instruct and interest the student.
An excellent learning aid, at a very reasonable price. What more could you ask for?
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 15, 2009
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The problem I have with the readings in this book is that they are way too short, about 200 words for each chapter of Wheelock. This is enough to illustrate the points covered in each chapter only, not to cultivate an easy, natural reading ability which requires large quantities of not-too-difficult reading material. If each chapter had a 2000 word reading, that would be different. A book like that would be worthwhile. Spend your money on Hans Orberg's, Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata, a skillfully created graded reader that takes you from the simplest latin all the way to fairly advanced latin over about 40,000 words of entertaining text. That is the best supplement for Wheelock I know of. (Lingua Latina actually stands on it's own, you don't need Wheelock). After that, if you want more practice with simpler latin before tackling the real thing, you can avail yourself of lots of free basic latin readers that you can find on the internet in the public domain. Nunting's Latin Reader is one example. There are many. You can find them on places like google books and archive.org.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2003
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This book is a good supplement to Wheelock in that reading the brief stories gives the student of Latin a feeling of accomplishment. One feels a sense of progression in being able to read several related sentences instead of a list of unrelated sentences in the textbook. A glossary for each story is handily located across from that story, eliminating the need to search through pages in the back of the book. The only reason I can't give this book 5 stars is that it is too short. Considering the selling price and the brevity of the stories, several stories to accompany each Wheelock chapter should have been offered.
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