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To make the course preparatory to Cæsar at the same time
systematic, thorough, clear, and interesting is the purpose of this
series of lessons.
The first pages are devoted to a brief discussion of the Latin
language, its history, and its educational value. The body of the
book, consisting of seventy-nine lessons, is divided into three
Part I is devoted to pronunciation, quantity, accent, and kindred
Part II carries the work through the first sixty lessons, and is
devoted to the study of forms and vocabulary, together with some
elementary constructions, a knowledge of which is necessary for
the translation of the exercises and reading matter. The first few
lessons have been made unusually simple, to meet the wants of
pupils not well grounded in English grammar.
Part III contains nineteen lessons, and is concerned primarily with
the study of syntax and of subjunctive and irregular verb forms.
The last three of these lessons constitute a review of all the
constructions presented in the book. There is abundant easy
reading matter; and, in order to secure proper concentration of
effort upon syntax and translation, no new vocabularies are
introduced, but the vocabularies in Part II are reviewed.
It is hoped that the following features will commend themselves to
The forms are presented in their natural sequence, and are given,
for the most part, in the body of the book as well as in a
grammatical appendix. The work on the verb is intensive in
character, work in other directions being reduced to a minimum
while this is going on. The forms of the subjunctive are studied in
correlation with the subjunctive constructions.