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Richard A. LaFleur
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June 7, 2011 0061997226 978-0061997228 7

For nearly sixty years, Wheelock's Latin has remained the optimus liber of beginning Latin textbooks.

When Professor Frederic M. Wheelock's Latin first appeared in 1956, the reviews extolled its thoroughness, organization, and conciseness; one reviewer predicted that the book "might well become the standard text" for introducing students to elementary Latin. Now, nearly six decades later, that prediction has certainly proved accurate.

This new edition of Wheelock's Latin has all of the features, many of them improved and expanded, that have made it the bestselling single-volume beginning Latin textbook:

  • 40 chapters with grammatical explanations and readings drawn from the works of Rome's major prose and verse writers;
  • Self-tutorial exercises, each with an answer key, for independent study;
  • An extensive English–Latin/Latin–English vocabulary section;
  • A rich selection of original Latin readings—unlike other Latin textbooks, which contain primarily made-up texts;
  • Etymological aids, maps, and dozens of images illustrating aspects of the classical culture and mythology presented in the chapter readings.

Also included are expanded notes on the literary passages, comments on vocabulary, and translation tips; new comprehension and discussion questions; and new authentic classical Latin readings, including Roman graffiti, in every chapter.


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From the Back Cover

For nearly sixty years, Wheelock's Latin has remained the opitmus liber of beginning Latin textbooks.

When Professor Frederic M. Wheelock's Latin first appeared in 1956, the reviews extolled its thoroughness, organization, and conciseness; one reviewer predicted that the book "might well become the standard text" for introducing students to elementary Latin. Now, nearly six decades later, that prediction has certainly proved accurate.

This new edition of Wheelock's Latin has all of the features, many of them improved and expanded, that have made it the bestselling single-volume beginning Latin textbook:

  • 40 chapters with grammatical explanations and readings drawn from the works of Rome's major prose and verse writers;
  • Self-tutorial exercises, each with an answer key, for independent study;
  • An extensive English–Latin/Latin–English vocabulary section;
  • A rich selection of original Latin readings—unlike other Latin textbooks, which contain primarily made-up texts;
  • Etymological aids, maps, and dozens of images illustrating aspects of the classical culture and mythology presented in the chapter readings.

Also included are expanded notes on the literary passages, comments on vocabulary, and translation tips; new comprehension and discussion questions; and new authentic classical Latin readings, including Roman graffiti, in every chapter.

About the Author

Richard A. LaFleur is Franklin Professor of Classics and former Head of Classics at the University of Georgia; he has served as Editor of the Classical Outlook and President of the American Classical League, and is a recipient of the American Philological Association's national award for excellence in the teaching of Classics. Among his numerous books are the revised editions of Wheelock's Latin, Workbook for Wheelock's Latin, and Wheelock's Latin Reader.


Product Details

  • Series: The Wheelock's Latin Series
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 7 edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061997226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061997228
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard (Rick) A. LaFleur, received the B.A. and M.A. in Latin from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Duke. He has taught since 1972 at the University of Georgia, where he served for 21 years as head of one of the largest Classics programs in North America and has held since 1998 the chair of Franklin Professor of Classics.

He has numerous publications in Latin language, literature, and pedagogy, including the books The Teaching of Latin in American Schools: A Profession in Crisis; Latin Poetry for the Beginning Student; Love and Transformation: An Ovid Reader; Latin for the 21st Century: From Concept to Classroom; A Song of War: Readings from Vergil's Aeneid (with Alexander G. McKay); Scribblers, Scvlptors, and Scribes; and the revised editions of Wheelock's Latin, Wheelock's Latin Reader, and Workbook for Wheelock's Latin.

Professor LaFleur served as editor of The Classical Outlook for nearly 25 years and is a past President of the American Classical League; he has been recipient of more than a million dollars in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies, and of state, regional, and national awards for teaching and professional service, including the American Philological Association's award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics. He has three children and five grandchildren, and lives with his wife Alice on the banks of Lake Oglethorpe, near Athens, Georgia.

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114 of 114 people found the following review helpful
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Wheelock is an excellent textbook in many ways, and this new edition makes it more attractive than ever (load of new photos, comprehension questions to accompany the readings, etc.) As before, the presentation of the grammar is clear and well-organized, and there are lots of great ancillaries to help you get through the book. By far its biggest draw-back, however, has not been ameliorated: the lack of reading passages of any significant length. This means that the course, while teaching the grammar and syntax quite nicely, does not develop proficiency in reading Latin as much as it should. Students who finish Wheelock often have great difficulty making the transition to reading actual Latin texts (if the assignments are of any significant length). To avoid this, a student learning from Wheelock (or really any traditional "grammar-translation" method) should supplement his or her studies with extended reading passages as soon as possible (certainly from the latter half of Wheelock to the end).

It isn't necessarily easy to find a decent amount of reading material suited to this purpose, but it seems to be getting easier: there has been something of an explosion in this genre in recent years. One choice for more significant supplementary readings might be War with Hannibal: Authentic Latin Prose for the Beginning Student. It presents a considerable amount of a real Latin (enough to get you acquainted with reading Latin prose, yet not so much that you can't finish the book), and includes helpful notes geared toward the beginning student. Of course there's also the beautiful new reader by Prof.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Get The Kindle Version September 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The textbook seems to be, so far, comprehensible and well-written, but I would not recommend the kindle edition. The charts, diagrams and other inserts are completely illegible on my kindle. For the price, you should definitely stick to the paperback version.
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121 of 134 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Edition Is Too Cumbersome and Too Much June 17, 2011
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As a university and private Latin teacher who has used Wheelock for many years, I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed with the new Seventh Edition (2011). My basic complaint is that it is too cumbersome and too much.

The original Wheelock's Latin, published by Barnes & Noble, had a little over 200 pages. The Seventh Edition (2011) has almost 600 pages! Moreover, the physical size of the book has been greatly increased, from a large paperback (13 cm wide by 20.5 cm wide by 2 cm thick) to a workbook size (18.5 cm wide by 23 cm high by 3.5 cm thick). Starting with the Fifth Edition (1995), the new editor, Richard LaFleur, and the new publisher, HarperCollins, seem to have forgotten Callimichus's classical aphorism: "mega biblion, mega kakon," a big book is a big evil!

No longer can one attempt to carry this book like a somewhat-oversized paperback. The new material, particularly the extra continuous classical Latin passages, supplementing Wheelock's traditional 40 chapters is mostly useful, but if the basic content was to be expanded, the latter half of the book should have been reserved for a second, separate volume. The idea that one book can fit all needs is not practical.

It is obvious that the Seventh Edition has increased "white space": large margins and wide space between lines. However, I have never known a student who uses the margins for notes. The end result for the Seventh Edition is an overly cumbersome book. The size of the book could have been reduced, and the typeface, which is something like an eye-straining 10 points, could have been increased to at least 11 points.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liber Dulcis et Utilis June 11, 2011
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Having been either a student or a teacher for most of my life, I'm familiar with many textbooks.

My enduring desire to master Latin is leading me to work through Wheelock's 6th edition. It's the most excellent textbook--in any subject--that I've known. My tendency to write many notes right on the pages is wearing my copy out before I can make the greatest use of it. As a remedy, I've purchased the 7th edition.

This new version is even more thorough and is beautifully assembled with attractive art work and very readable typefaces. Professor LaFleur has included expanded explanations of points of grammar and usage and commented more extensively on vocabulary and etymology. More passages from the classical Latin authors offer greater depth of insight into Roman outlooks and values. The inclusion of ancient inscriptions adds liveliness.

As very helpful supplements, I use "Workbook for Wheelock's Latin," by LaFleur and Comeau, and "A Comprehensive Guide to Wheelock's Latin" by Dale A. Grote.

Like the writings of Professors Wheelock, LaFleur and Comeau, Mr. Grote's commentary shows extensive experience teaching Latin in the classroom.

I'm learning much from these presentations; and I strongly suspect that, by using them, other students will find the study of Latin both accessible and interesting.

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If non habes, you should consider it. Even if this is not your curriculum Latin text, it is quite brilliantly arranged for self-tutoring or refreshing yourself if it has been a... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Joogles
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Our Latin program is considering new textbooks. All of our students have iPads, so, naturally, I wanted to examine the "kindle sample" for the 7th edition. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christel Johnson
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The book is extremely detailed and complete in its presentation of the Latin language! A very good classroom supplement to use by the aspiring student of the Latin language.
Published 2 months ago by David D. Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Best into to Latin text ever !
This is an excellent textbook for the beginning Latin student of any age. It is well thought out and shows a thorough understanding of the subject.
Published 3 months ago by R. L. Sadler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition
Overall the book was in great condition. I only hated it because of the Latin class I was in lol
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As a novice to the Latin language, I have found Wheelock's Latin 7th Edition an exceptional learning tool. Read more
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