A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin
The chief aim of this primer is to give the student, within one year of study, the ability to read ecclesiastical Latin. Collins includes the Latin of Jerome's Bible, of canon law, of the liturgy and papal bulls, of scholastic philosophers, and of the Ambrosian hymns, providing a survey of texts from the fourth century through the Middle Ages.
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Found it helpful as a good intro to church Latin, especially the vulgate excerpts, and hymns. St. Augustine too makes a brief appearance at Carthage in 'Veni Carthaginem'. Unfortunately the last sentence has been truncated including 'magis' which belongs to the latter part of the sentence. Use of 'protasis' and 'apodosis' to describe the conditional clauses reminded me of Sancti Gervasi et Protasi in the litany of saints; instead, subordinate clause and main clause would have been less intimidating. The vocative is almost nonexistent in the declensions. It has been omitted from the paradigms.
Panis', though parisyllabic is declined like 'leo' and has the genitive plural in '-um' : panum', and not in '-ium' : panium as given in Unit No. 15 under the third declension.
Footnote 126 on page 349 declines 'lapis, lapis, lapium, m.stone' instead of 'lapis, lapidis,
pl. lapides, lapidum.'
The verb 'esse' to be can be used predicatively to make complete sense. To term this 'copulative' in English would make some other sense. The grammatical term 'denominative' to describe a verb is not in common use. On etymology, however, the student will be delighted to discover the history and the evolution of English derivatives though some of them are a bit far-fetched and circuitous : e.g. electus - elite; electus - election, eligible, elect would have been easily understood. Aurum - Au is easily linked whereas Au - ore is not as easily associated.'Condition' is not derived from 'condo'; condico, condicere is the Latin original. It is difficult to imagine how 'corona' and coroner are linked. I didn't expect to come across Metrical Notes in a primer.
.A G Maxwell, Latin Facilitator, St. Raphael's Seminary, Kollam, Kerala, India.
Table of Contents
Imperfect Tense of sum to be 13 Future Tense of sum to be
Dative of the Possessor
Agreement of Adjective and Noun
Nominal Sentences 19 How to Answer Syntax Questions
Accusative of Place tointo Which
Ablative of Place Where 94 Ablative of Place from Whichout of Which 95 Locative Case
Periphrastic Conjugations a Active Periphrastic b Passive Periphrastic
Dative of Personal Agency with Passive Periphrastics roo Review of Participles
Fifth Declension Nouns
e Voice f Principal Parts
Finite Forms 2 Infinitives 3 Participles 4 Gerunds and Gerundives g The Four Conjugations
Three Tenses 22 Present Indicative Active First Conjugation
Coordination Compound Sentences 25 Accusative as Direct Object 26 Dative as Indirect Object 27 Ablative of Separation
Prepositions as Prefixes
Uses of the Relative Pronoun a Adjectival Clauses b Connective Relative 55 Use of the Interrogative Adjective
Ablative of Cause 59 Direct Quotations a No change b No change but introduced by quia or quoniam
Three Compound Tenses
All Four Conjugations 65 Uses of the Perfect Passive Participle Unit 13
Temporal Clauses 70 Synopsis of a Verb Unit 14
Masculine or Feminine
Genitive of Description
Partitive Genitive 82 Dative with Certain Adjectives 83 Predicate Accusative 84 Cognate Accusative
One Ending in the Nominative Singular 86 Present Active Participles
Uses of the Present Active Participle a Adjectival
Masculine or Feminine
Subordinate Use of Subjunctives
Ablative of Comparison
Subject Accusative and Present Infinitive
Predicate Genitive 158 Conditional Relative Clauses
Indirect Reflexives 162 Summary of Ways to Express Purpose
Accusative of Extent of Time or Space 166 Ablative of Duration of Time 167 Summary of Conditional Clauses
Some Cardinal and Ordinal Numerals
Summary of Uses of the Genitive Case
Summary of Uses of the Dative Case
Ablative of Description