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Titel: Introduction to Latin Prose Composition.
WPC Classics, London, 2001. 154p. Paperback. 'Milena Minkova is a respected researcher, teacher and writer of Latin and member of the innovative Institute for Latin Studies at the University of Kentucky. Her Introduction to Latin Prose Composition, originally published in 2001 and recently reprinted, offers timely help to neophytes who have gone through elementary Latin and are ready for a serious grammar review together with hints for extended prose composition. It may also be useful for veterans who have taught and read Latin for years but may nevertheless want to be reminded of the basic rules and tools to begin writing in the language. (.) Minkova's book, if carefully followed, can equip the reader to begin writing Latin with good grammar and mostly classical vocabulary and idiom. The Latin that Minkova writes and wants to teach, to be sure, is not the nervously circumscribed, 'pure' classical Latin à la Menge but the richer and more eclectic variety cultivated by Erasmus and others who, like Seneca's bee, feel free to hop around in the whole variegated range of Latin literature, from Plautus to Caesar to St. Jerome and Lorenzo Valla. By acquiring facility in this kind of classicizing Latin,1 the student may be enabled to read rapidly and with enjoyment not only the classical authors but also the copious, influential but recently much neglected corpus of post-classical (but still classicizing) Latin literature which has continued to accumulate without a break to this day.' (AKIHIKO WATANABE in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.08.35). Antiquarian. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 33632
Inhaltsangabe: The book is an entirely new introduction to Latin prose composition. It is of interest and use to anyone already acquainted with the fundamentals of Latin.
The work is concisely organized, enabling easy and efficient reference. The ten chapters deal with the following topics: how to convey every possible message in a simple sentence; how to connect independent sentences in order to create a text; how to communicate complex messages using subordination; how to express relations within a clause; what word-order to use; what vocabulary to choose. It provides everything one needs to know in order to write in Latin. The last two chapters propose practical exercises of reworking ancient texts and creating one's own.
The book fosters a close familiarity with the Latin language, which in turn makes access to any Latin text an easier and more pleasant task.
Über den Autor:
Milena Minkova is at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, and was formerly at the Gregorian University in Rome.
John Traupman is a distinguished Classicist. He has served as President of the Philadelphia Classical Society, the Pennsylvania Classical Association and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS). A former Chair of Classics at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, he also served on ACTFL's National Board of Reviewers in developing the then new national standards in foreign languages.
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