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Latin for dummies / by Clifford A. Hull, Steven R. Perkins, and Tracy Barr.
Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley Pub., 2002.

Physical Description:
xx, 363 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.


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Material Type
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478.2421 HUL Book Adult General Collection

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Earn-lay atin-Lay? No, not that kind of Latin! You can learn true Latin, with conjugations, declensions, and all those extra syllablesnbsp;?nbsp;and it?s easier than you think. In fact, most people mistakenly think of learning Latin as perhaps the most useless, tedious, and difficult thing to do on earth. They couldn?t be more wrong.

Latin For Dummies takes you back for a quick jaunt through the parlance of ancient Rome, as well as discussing the progress of Latin into church language, and its status today as the ?dead? language that lives on in English, Spanish, Italian, and most other Western tongues. Written for those with zero prior knowledge of Latin, this snappy guide puts the basics at your fingertips and steers clear of the arcane, schoolmarm stereotype of endless declensions and Herculean translations. Easy-to-understand sections describe:

Latin you already know Grammar Pronunciation Latin in action Latin in law Latin in medicine Latin for impressing your friends And much more

No dusty tome or other such artifact, Latin For Dummies makes learning fun and brings the language to life by presenting conversations in various Roman settings, as well as providing fun facts and stories about classical life. And if you feel you may actually have a negative aptitude for the language, don?t worry; pronunciations and translations follow every expression, and a helpful mini-dictionary graces the book?s last pages. You?ll also find out about:

The quotable Roman Latin graffiti Latin authors who?s who Gladiator Latin Latin in love, marriage, and family From the mouth of Julius Caesar Romans on drink Helpful Latin-related Web sites Fun and games exercises

Designed to introduce and familiarize you with the language rather than make you the next Cicero, Latin For Dummies gives you all the tools you need to work at your own pace to learn as much or as little as you like. So noli timere (no-lee tih-may-reh)nbsp;?nbsp;?have no fear?nbsp;?nbsp;and carpe diem (?pick up Latin For Dummies today?)!

Author Notes

Clifford A. Hull has taught Latin, Greek, medical terminology, and classical mythology.

Steven R. Perkins has taught Latin for a decade.

Tracy Barr has served as an editor, editorial manager, writer, and consultant on For Dummies books.

Table of Contents

Part I Getting Started
Chapter 1 You Already Know a Little Latin
Chapter 2 The Nitty Gritty: Basic Latin Grammar
Chapter 3 Salve! Hello! Greetings and Introductions
Part II Latin in Action
Chapter 4 The Roman Family and Social Structure
Chapter 5 Food and Housing in Roman Life
Chapter 6 The Roman Calendar
Chapter 7 The Roman Army
Chapter 8 Roman Entertainment and Sports
Chapter 9 Roman Government
Chapter 10 More Lasting Than Bronze: Latin Literature
Part III Latin in the Modern World
Chapter 11 Latin in Law
Chapter 12 Latin in Medicine
Chapter 13 Latin in the Church
Chapter 14 Latin in Zoology and Botany
Chapter 15 Translating and Reading Latin
Chapter 16 Mottoes, Sayings, and Quotes: Cocktail Party Latin
Part IV The Part of Tens
Chapter 17 Ten Loanwords from Latin
Chapter 18 Ten False Friends: Common Mistakes in Latin
Chapter 19 Ten Helpful Latin-Related Web Sites
Chapter 20 Ten Common Latin Abbreviations
Chapter 21 Ten Common Latin Prefixes
Chapter 22 Ten Important Latin Suffixes
Part V Appendixes
Appendix A Verb and Noun Tables
Appendix B Mini-Dictionary
Appendix C Fun & Games Answers