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Great pleasure attends the reissue of Bennett's New Latin Grammar by Bolchazy-Carducci. Unavailable since Allyn and Bacon's reprint went out of print many years ago, teachers and students alike can rejoice in its reappearance. Bennett's definitions and explanations of basic grammatical and syntactical points are a paragon of clearness and succinctness. I strongly recommend it for all high-school teachers and for undergraduates at all levels; for graduate students and scholars it is ideal for a quick look since the organization is clear and 'user-friendly.' --Robert I. Curtis, University of Georgia, The Classical Outlook

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.

About the Author

Bennett is a historian and former Florida congressman. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Ulan Press (August 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CD66RC
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Charles Bennett's New Latin Grammar enjoys a new incarnation in paperback. The text follows a traditional format for Latin reference grammars: phonology, morphology, syntax and prosody. Coverage is descriptive, not historical, clearly designed to answer basic questions about forms and syntax for the student who needs more than an introductory learner's text but less than a 500 page tome, detailing every possible exception.
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.
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I am an advanced Latinist who spends some time every day studying Latin texts. The PRINTED version of Bennett's is one of the most valuable resources I own. It is concise, accurate, and complete. The most imporant features for me are the excellent Table of Contents and Index that allow me to quickly turn to exactly what I'm looking for. I would give the printed version 5 stars.

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!!****
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This grammar has been around since the early 1900's( all the best latin grammars are of this time period or earlier) and it is as good today as when it was first issued. It is the best short latin grammar available. It will not show you all the nuances of the language, like Gildersleeve's or Greenough's , but it will give you the absolute basics that you need to know to learn this complex language. The explanations are concise and to the point; and the part on syntax is also nicely done. My only complaint is that this book only comes in a paperback edition. I wish the book was available in hardcover or clothbound. Reference works of this quality should always be available in such an edition.
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I'm very happy with this book. It's a small, easy-to-use reference. It also has useful information about the history of the language, the Roman calendar, etc., though not in incredible detail. Because of its size and ease of use, it's the first Latin book I grab when I want to learn or remember Latin syntax. I end up skimming through, invariably, because the book makes it easy and interesting to do so. It's compact, useful, well-formatted, and comfortable to use. Know that it isn't a dictionary; for that, you'd need to go elsewhere. (I'm not a Classics scholar - just a former Latin student who's still interested, occasionally active, and someone who always wants to learn and practice more... if I had the time.)
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Bennett's New Latin Grammar is a great book for basic reference. It goes beyond a listing of endings and forms: get grammar reference cards of you need that. But on the other hand it does not go into so much detail that you forgot why you were looking in the book in the first place. It gives just enough information for general reference purposes.

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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