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AN INTRODUCTION, BY WAY OF ENGLISH,

TO THE LATIN LANGUAGE

BY

PERLEY OAKLAND PLACE, LITT.D.
PROFESSOR OF LATIN IN SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

With the Collaboration of CURTIS C. BUSHNELL, Ph.D., Professor
of Classics in Syracuse University; HAROLD L. CLEASBY, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Classics in Hunter College, New York, N.Y.;
and ALVAH T. OTIS, A.M., High School, White Plains, N.Y.

AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY
NEW YORK CINCINNATI CHICAGO BOSTON ATLANTA
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

GIFT OF
GINN & CO.
JUL 25 1938

COPYRIGHT, 1919, BY
AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY

PLACE. BEGINNING LATIN

W. P. I

PREFACE

Why American Boys and Girls Should Study Latin. The study of Latin is an intensive study of English. Besides its importance for a mastery of French, Spanish, and Italian, the study of Latin fosters habits of persistence, thoroughness, and accuracy; it cultivates the power to understand the thoughts of others and to express one's own. Translating is “laboratory work in literature," admirable exercise in expression, insuring steadily increasing power in the use of a varied and rich vocabulary as the great authors, Caesar, Cicero, and Vergil, are successively read.

This Book Emphasizes the Relation of Latin to English. The value most nearly at hand in studying Latin and the most practical of all reasons for its study is the help given by Latin in understanding and using the English language. This book, therefore, lays special emphasis upon the relation of Latin to English. Related English words, with the Latin element typographically emphasized, are placed in the vocabularies, beside the Latin. Thus familiar and unfamiliar English words are illuminated by the Latin.

English grammar is made introductory to each point of Latin syntax. The pupil has before him in his home study a simple and orderly development of each principle of Latin grammar, starting from English. The teacher is thereby saved much explanation in the classroom and is also guarded from omitting steps essential to a solution of the pupil's difficulties.

How the Subject Matter Is Arranged. Each Chapter is divided into Sections and each Section is intended for one lesson. In the earlier Chapters the First Section presents a portion of the inflections with an exercise; the Second Section a vocabulary

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