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Essential Latin: The Language and Life of Ancient Rome Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 16 Dec 1999


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2Rev Ed edition (16 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415222702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415222709
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,851,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Essential Latin combines the reading method with traditional approaches in an interesting and refreshing format...it has something for everyone and is likely to attract a loyal following.."-"Religious Studies Review, January 2002 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Russell on 31 Oct 2006
Format: Paperback
I had a little Latin from a long time ago and this book is proving a fascinating trip of rediscovery. The grammar and language stuff is all here and the choice of reading material - taken from ancient authors to give insights into the world of Rome - is a joy. The Latin authors are not all that easy to read (some are a struggle...) but there is plenty of vocab support, with English translations at the end of the book. The book explores the larger picture, of politicians like Caesar and Cicero and the rise and fall of their empire, of the ancient gods and tolerance of relgious minorities, and also the little things like dress codes and men tarting themselves up in make-up...

I'd like more language exercises than offered here, especially more of the cartoon ones. They're a delight. Latin may be dead, but this book has something to offer all language lovers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By happy days on 15 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I am working my way (slowly!)through this book with a group from our local U3A led by someone who is a very competent latin speaker and reader. It is her recommended text. I am finding the book easy to use and understand and it is adding to my enjoyment. I would recommend this book even if you are a beginner and learning on your own.
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By Mrs A D on 8 Mar 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Studying Latin in later life again after doing so at school, I need all the help I can get! This book is excellent for revision, and makes the subject entertaining but at the same time informative. All you need to know is there, without too many complex explanations.
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By ROBIN EDWARDS on 20 Jun 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book, prompt delivery, excellent service. I have already started it, and studied it at my previous school. It's great to know that it is going to be an interesting read!
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. M. Abel VINE VOICE on 7 Oct 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this textbook last year, as the author is the same one that did the ever so well done and affordable "Teach yourself beginners Latin" and "teach yourself Latin", and I was curious to see what G. Sharpley would deliver in a university beginner textbook..

well.. The book is black and white, full of sentenses extracted from various authors, the grammar is explained to its basic level and when finally you ve been able to make any sense of what the book is pointing or explaining.. you end up with 3 or 4 sentenses that you have either to translate or even better, just fill in the gap.

for a textbook of that price, that s simply a bit of a joke. Unless you ve got a teacher and that textbook is specifically required for your class, I would not even bother buying it as a self study beginner manual.

I gave 3 stars because , not only it is an excellent sleeping aid.. (ever so boring it does put you to sleep easily... trust me )

but also it does give you a basic knowledge.. you know at the end that nouns in -a do their plural in -ae and that words like oppidum are neutral.. you ll be able to use a present tense active voice after having read, and snorred through all the pages..

Don t expect to learn anything at all with that textbook, BUT it is a must buy if you re insomniac...
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