Latin and the Romans; (Book One)

Boston: Ginn and Company, 1941. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xv, [1], 468, [4] pages. Maps. Illustrations. Page 75/76 badly torn and repaired with tape. Some writing in the text noted. Ex-library with some of the usual library markings. Worn copy. Thornton Jenkins was the Headmaster of the High School in Malden, Massachusetts. Anthony Pelzer Wagener was a Professor of ancient Languages at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Malden High School is one of the oldest high schools in the US; it opened in 1857. A. P. Wagener was professor of ancient languages and head of the department of ancient languages at the College of William and Mary in Virginia for nearly 30 years. During this time he made a remarkable contribution to the advancement of Latin pedagogy and the study of Latin in the secondary schools of the state and nation. In 1936, he established a summer institute for the refreshment and enrichment of Latin teachers. This institute-perhaps the first of its kind to be conducted in the United States—continued for some 20 years and eventually drew participants from all parts of the country. Wagener also was consultant and editor for the Virginia State Board of Education of the first printed description of a Latin curriculum for the high schools. With T. Jenkins he wrote two widely used Latin textbooks, Latin and the Romans, Books I and II. He bore always the stamp of the civility and culture associated with his native Charleston, SC. One result of his dissertation was the publication of a description of the Roman remains at and around the town of Velletri. He was active in numerous organizations, both classical and non-classical. This represents the state of the art in instruction at the start of the Second World War. This text was among the most widely used during a significant portion of the twentieth century. The first-year course in Latin has two main objectives. On the one hand, it must provide for increasing skill in interpreting this basic language. On the other hand, it must yield to the student permanent values which will asses him in the master of other school subjects and clarity and enrich his intellectual and practical experiences. Latin and the Romans, Book one has been written so that each lesson contributes directly to these two primary objectives. The Latin language is still taught in many parts of the world. In many countries it is offered as an optional subject in some secondary schools and universities, and may be compulsory for students in certain institutions or following certain courses. For the most part, the language is treated as a written language in formal instruction. The study of Latin has remained an academic staple into the 21st century. Most of the Latin courses currently offered in secondary schools and universities are geared toward translating historical texts into modern languages, rather than using Latin for direct oral communication. As such, they primarily treat Latin as a written language, although some works of modern literature such as Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, Paddington Bear, Winnie the Pooh, The Adventures of Tintin, Asterix, Harry Potter, Le Petit Prince, Max und Moritz, Peter Rabbit, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Cat in the Hat have been translated into Latin in order to promote interest in the language. In the United States, the National Junior Classical League (with more than 50,000 members) encourages high school students to pursue the study of Latin, and the National Senior Classical League encourages college students to continue their studies of the language. Condition: Fair.

Keywords: Latin, Language, Translation, Linguistics, Instruction, Pronunciation, Roman Empire, Plural, Possession, Ablative Case, Indirect Object, Infinitive, Conjugation, Nouns, Adjectives, Genitive, Imperfect Tense, Declensions, Interrogative, Commands, Nume

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