Latin For Mountain Men
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Latin For Mountain Men

A short course in practical Latin

About the Book

Here are two dozen short lessons on learning Latin designed for "mountain men" (and women: montani montanaeque), engineers, philosophers, and anyone else looking for entertainment and with lots of free time by the campfire.

The explicit aim in this course is to enable you to decipher short Latin phrases, such as the Latin names, abbreviations, and nomenclature in biology, astronomy, medicine, law, and scholarly work. I can't help but mention that school and scholar are from Greek schole, spare time, and that student is from studium, zeal. These lessons are meant to be done in your spare time, and enjoyed.

You need nothing else than these lessons, and a little enthusiasm, to learn serious Latin. An almost essential reference for any further work is a Latin dictionary, and a small one will do excellently.

The name of the course, which is rather frivolous, actually seems to appeal to some people, so I shall retain it, and try to use it to make the course more entertaining.  



Based on the online courses publicly available at E.Tuttle's website.  

This ebook edition has been produced by voluntary contributions.  

Crafting for Sharing by Zeus Baba

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These ebook editions have been produced by voluntary contributions. 

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Lessons Overview
  • Lesson I : Encouragement and the Plan (Plautus)
    • What Are We Going To Do? :: We get started by saying what inflection is and means
  • Lesson II : Verbs and the First Conjugation (Plautus)
    • Verbs :: Verbs are the most important words in a language like Latin
  • Lesson III : Nouns and the First Declension (Vulgate)
    • Nouns :: Nouns are easier to handle than verbs
  • Lesson IV : Adjectives and the Second Declension (diploma)
    • Adjectives and the Second Declension :: Many adjectives are declined according to the first and second declensions
  • Lesson V : Prepositions, Adverbs, and Conjunctions (Juvenal)
    • Other Words :: Prepositions, adverbs and conjunctions
  • Lesson VI : Review and Pronunciation (Sallust)
    • Review and Pronunciation :: A time to look back
  • Lesson VII : Third Declension (Terence)
    • Third Declension :: The third declension is the big one
  • Lesson VIII : This, That, and Who (Vergil)
    • This, That, and Who :: Introducing pronouns, relative and demonstrative, and comments on word order
  • Lesson IX : Questions (Vergil)
    • Questions :: How to ask questions, and all about personal pronouns
  • Lesson X : Word Transformations (Cicero)
    • Word Transformations :: Words can change meaning or become different parts of speech
  • Lesson XI : Passive Thoughts (Caesar)
    • Passive Thoughts :: We meet a new voice, the passive, as well as the perfect tense and the principal parts of a verb
  • Lesson XII : Review and Deponents (Cicero)
    • Review and Deponents :: Suggestions on useful study and review, plus deponent verbs and objects in any case
  • Lesson XIII : More Nouns (US Money)
    • Noun Essentials :: More things that are useful to know about nouns, including the fourth and fifth declensions
  • Lesson XIV : More Verbs (Horace)
    • Verb Essentials :: A look at the third conjugation, and the use and recognition of moods and tenses
  • Lesson XV : Numbers (Caesar)
    • Numbers :: All kinds of numbers, the future active participle, gladiators, money, time and the supine
  • Lesson XVI : Comparisons (Livy)
    • Comparisons :: Comparison of adjectives and adverbs, and saying yes or no
  • Lesson XVII : Ablative Absolute and Some Irregulars (Suetonius)
    • Ablative Absolute and Some Irregulars :: Also includes Vespasian, Spanish, facio, and the troubles of 78-79
  • Lesson XVIII : Review and Final Sentences (Cicero)
    • Review and Final Sentences :: After the review–compound sentences and impersonal verbs
  • Lesson XIX : Syntax
    • Syntax :: “Syntax” is from Greek, and means “putting together”
  • Lesson XX : Professional Latin
    • Professional Latin :: Latin surrounds us in the professions and sciences
  • Lesson XXI : Carmina Burana
    • Carmina Burana :: Medieval poems from Bavaria, set to music by Carl Orff
  • Lesson XXII : Vitruvius
    • Vitruvius :: Vitruvius wrote in Latin to reach practical men who had little Greek. His book was the construction manual used by builders of Gothic cathedrals.
  • Lesson XXIII : Frontinus
    • Frontinus :: Readings on military strategy and the water supply of Rome. Roman names.
  • Lesson XXIV : Vale Atque Ave
    • Vale Atque Ave :: You are now prepared to advance on your own
  • Appendix : Overview of Verb Conjugation
    • Overview of Verb Conjugation :: Knowing personal endings, tense signs and stems will enable you to decode most verbs
  • Index

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