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  • Audio CD: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press; Unabridged edition (30 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814331467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814331460
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 17.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,256,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Norma Goldman is on the faculty of the College of Lifelong Learning at Wayne State University where she taught in the Department of Greek and Latin for forty years. Jacob E. Nyenhuis is professor emeritus of Classics and Provost emeritus at Hope College. A former professor and chair at Wayne State University, he is author of Myth and the Creative Process (Wayne State University Press, 2002).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "slunk7" on 18 Dec. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Latin Via Ovid provides a great first course for people who wish to learn Latin. Each chapter includes a simplified piece of Latin from Ovid for translation followed by all the new grammar needed for that translation. The course is followed with extensive notes summarising the grammar, essential for quick reference, as well as a quick study of Latin meter and some charts to help with understanding Roman history and mythology.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Caiti on 14 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Do I dare to say it? As a teenager I studied latin at school, four years. But did I really study? I didn't learn (and remember) a thing. Laudamus, laudamini-that's it.

I thought this would be a great way to re-educate myself and mind that memory gap. :-)

I still think so but I must admit even though I've got these books (both the textbook and workbook), I didn't start with the project and the books are waiting for me on my bookshelf. However, that is my fault, nothing wrong with the books, I 'd buy them again knowing what I do. ;-)
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
The Best Introduction to a Living "Dead" Language 14 Nov. 2003
By Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I studied Latin in High School.
I took two semesters of Latin in College.
Then I got a real job, and my Latin was growing rusty. Oh I have Wheelock's, and the accompanying materials. Then I found "Latin Via Ovid."
Suddenly, I rediscovered the joy of studying this "dead" yet very "living" language by reading passages of the great Roman poets, in the original <more or less>, without the tedious declensions <which are included>, or conjugations <which are also present>, but I could READ Latin! I could READ and UNDERSTAND Latin! Suddenly, words became living organisms. . .I could listen to someone, and mind go into Latin, and make almost miraculous comebacks. . .breaking ordinary English into Latin roots. . .
Never mind that.
If interested in the Language of Scholarship, but don't know much about it <and I didn't learn the rules of grammar until I studied Latin>, this is the book (and please, get the accompanying workbook!) for you.
Buy Confidently! Study Hard!
Carpe Diem!
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Delightful book for learning Latin 4 Nov. 2004
By Laura De Giorgio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you're learing Latin on your own and this is one of your first books, you may enjoy getting the recordings that go with this book. Even though pronouncing Latin is not hard, it helps to get used to it and it's more fun going through the book with recordings.

The wonderful thing about this book is that all the lessons consist of beautiful stories from Ovid's Metamorphosis. Instead of learning Latin by memorizing disjointed words, from the very beginning you get to read several paragraphs of text. You may discover that you already know more Latin than you thought. The stories are so enjoyable to read that you'll feel eager to continue until you get to the end of the book and discover how much you've learned almost effortlessly.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Excellent introduction to Latin poetry 30 Aug. 2004
By Kuru - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent choice for those who are interested in Latin in order to read Roman poetry. Unlike texts that prepare students for Caesar or Cicero, this one prepares you for the Aeneid. The initial readings are prose adaptations from Ovid's Metamorphoses, which get closer and closer to the original poetry used from Lesson 30 on. The authors deserve credit for being good storytellers as well as good teachers, crafting prose versions of Ovid in simple Latin which nevertheless hold entertainment value over the multiple re-readings useful for drill; these are much more enjoyable to read than the stray bits of modified Cicero and Livy on which Wheelock's text is based. As a bonus, in addition to covering the basics of Latin the student will get a grounding in Classical mythology.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
LvO is great for self-study! 19 Sept. 2002
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a highschooler, trying to find a Latin text that is easy to understand and to learn from is difficult. I had tried the Oxford series before, but had not gotten very far because I needed a teacher to explain, but LvO has a grammar section that is neatly divided up into different grammatical lessons. They are all pretty explanatory, I enjoyed how more verb tenses were introduced (more frequently), and I feel like this book is really better than others. I would definitely reccommnend this book.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Great for self-study and study groups 15 Dec. 2005
By Sean R. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Goldman's text is wonderful for someone desiring to learn Latin on their own. From the second chapter onwards, all the readings consist of revised excerpts from Ovid's Metamorphoses. As you are taught more grammar and vocabulary, she gradually introduces more and more of the original into the readings until you are reading what Ovid actually wrote. And although there is no answer key, the excercises (of which there are plenty) are usually of just the right difficulty: just hard enough to help you in learning Latin, but not so hard that you can't figure them out on your own.

I would also recommend the accompanying workbook, which is a little more difficult, but does include an answer key.
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