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New Latin Grammar Paperback – August 31, 2012
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This is truly Latin grammar at its finest: logical and succinct...indispensable for undergraduate majors and minors and even clear enough to use at the secondary level. It is simply the best. --Bette J. Ruellan, University of San Francisco
What a joy it is to have Bennett's New Latin Grammar available again to a wide audience of students and instructors of Classics! The Grammar presents clearly and precisely with short, specific examples from primary sources the inflections and syntax of Latin and gives a fundamental understanding of the sounds, accent, particles and word formation in the Latin language.
In addition to the clear presentation of these essential principles of grammar and syntax, Bennet's Grammar provides a student with a brief, but well defined history of the Indo-European family of languages, and also of the stages of development of the Latin language.
Students and instructors will find especially helpful Bennett's sections on prosdy, the Roman calendar, Roman names and the definitions and examples of figures of syntax and rhetoric.
I strongly recommend Bennett's Grammar as an essential tool in the learning of every level of instruction. --Richard L. Trapp, San Francisco State University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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My own experience in using the book with intermediate students in school ( AP Vergil ) would suggest that there is some resistance to moving from beginners' texts, which are self-contained, to the use of a reference grammar because of the time needed to locate items in indices or tables of contents. Bennett's New Latin Grammar meets this problem of the time-pressed learner by its concision, only 250 pages of text, with a good general index to topics. Concision with accuracy is the key strength of this grammar, as Bennett himself stated in the Preface to First Edition: "The object of this book is to present the essential facts of Latin grammar in a direct and simple manner, and within the smallest compass consistent with scholarly standards." This goal has been met and should be helpful in developing the habit of reference grammar use among students who have completed formal grammar lessons but who, on their own, still need to dig out unusual forms or to address less common syntactical structures. Bennett's Grammar will help less experienced Latin students climb the ladder to becoming their own best teachers in matters of syntax.
The KINDLE version does not feature live links from the Table of Contents and lacks the Index all together. If I need to look up something on page 90, I have to turn the page ninety times to find it. This makes the Kindle version useless as a reference tool. I have removed it from my Kindle.
***I just downloaded the NEW Kindle version of Benet's Latin Grammar and it is much improved. It includes a "live" table of contents and even a live index. Best of all it's still free. I have to add three more stars to my original review and give it a perfect 5. I highly recommend this excellent tool. Well done Amazon!!****
This books is best for the 3rd and 4th year high-school Latin student or undergraduate who needs a reference grammar. Each grammar point gets its own section, and Bennett covers the high points in less than a page for each item. The front section is devoted to the various forms, but the section on syntax is worth the cover price alone.
If at all possible, get one of the old (1961) printings of this book. The type is clearer and the binding is sturdier. But if you can't find a used copy, buy this one.
Disclaimer: I have contracted with this book's publisher, but I assure you, I thought this book was great before I ever got my first dollar from the publisher. I would write the exact same review for it no matter whom I work for. I have in the past and will in the future reccomend it to anyone who asks for a quick reference grammar.
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I found the text book hard to use. There was very little instruction.Published 9 months ago by Delta108
I'm a beginner to learning Latin, though in all honesty, almost every language that uses the Roman alphabet has some experience with Latin (medical terms, scientific terms, etc). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Maximum Verbosity
I am sure it is good but with school and all I haven't had the time to read but I am looking forward to it.Published 15 months ago by Adele
An excellent book for a student of Latin. I found it far more comprehensive and easy to follow the textbook my college professor uses.Published 19 months ago by Rory Hearn