- Series: Schaum's Outlines
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (September 17, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071364552
- ISBN-13: 978-0071364553
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Schaum's Outline of Latin Grammar 1st Edition
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About the Author
Alan Fishbone (New York, NY) is director of the Latin program at the Latin-Greek Institute in New York City. He holds a masters in Classics from Columbia University and he has worked extensively as a translator of both Latin and ancient Greek.
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With that said, the bad thing about this revision is that the exercises are horrendously erroneous when it comes to the answers in the back... so every time you catch an error, you have to double-check to see if it's you or the author who has made a mistake. Now to come and think of it, you may have to do that for every RIGHT answer, just to check if you're right and hence your answer coincides with the author, or if the author and you made the same mistake. It's a little annoying. There's also a mistake for the first declension nominative plural that made me pull out three other Latin textbooks just to check.
Unfortunately, this isn't Spanish, so you really have a limited selection of revision texts. Out of the ones floating out there and readily available that doesn't have to do with missals or breviaries, this probably is the best... out of approximately five, mind you. I suppose this is all due to just how many Latin students are out there today. But still, if McGraw-Hill is this sloppy with one text, it makes me wonder just what other errors I'd be seeing in the other books.
If you're going to buy this, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING.
This book's organization is a sound one for a student who wants to solidify grammatical knowledge after having studied the material before. For example, a college student who has done a year of Latin study should find this book valuable in consolidating grammatical knowledge, whether he/she studied Wheelock, Moreland & Fleischer, or another American textbook. English students often study declensions in the order nominative, accusative,... (following the tradition of Kennedy's Latin Primer) and might be put out.
In short, this book is well suited for revising Latin grammar; it is the wrong book for trying to learn it without any serious prior Latin study. Tackling the whole of the accidence of Latin verbs in one chapter as in this book would swamp most people; however, if the material has been studied before, revising it all in one place can be satisfying. You get the whole picture in one place. Vocabulary for illustrating grammar points appears to be drawn from high frequency words in US high school curricula (e.g., Caesar). Chapter vocabularies and a good index are provided but not an end-of-book glossary.
Exercises are largely straightforward drills. Solutions are provided for all exercises; solutions are of a very sparse kind, just the correct form or forms or translation without further detail. Translation exercises are Latin to English only. As one reviewer noted and judged extremely harshly, the solutions contain a sprinkling of flubs. It's a strike against Schaum that they have not cleaned them up in re-printings. Fortunately these glitches are usually obvious and overall the exercises are valuable.
Overall, a valuable if imperfect aid to revising Latin grammar.
The other grammars I'd use this in association with are Moreland & Fleischer's Latin: An Intensive Course and John F. Collins' Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin.
A lot of drills, vocab and especially grammatical information have been condensed into a handy, readable volume.
As for errors, as mentioned by "a reader" subsequent reviewer, it would have actually been a "helpful review" if s/he'd actually told us exactly where the errors were.
Thoroughly recommended alongside your other Latin grammar (if you use the same case ordering).
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