38 Latin Stories
By James M. May, Anne H. Groton
Though designed specifically for use with Wheelock’s introductory Latin course, 38 Latin Stories will complement other introductory Latin courses. 38 Latin Stories contains beginning-level prose readings that gradually increase in complexity. Eighteen of the selections are original compositions recounting tales from classical mythology and are often inspired by Ovid. Twenty are adaptations of passages from Caesar, Catullus, Cicero, Horace, Livy, Petronius, Pliny, Quintilian, Sallust, Terence, and Vergil with a heavy emphasis on Cicero. This fifth revised edition accommodates the changes incorporated in the fifth edition of Wheelock.
- A graded reader provides interesting prose readings from a variety of authors
- A list of grammar mastery assumed is presented for each reading
- Correlations with Wheelock’s chapters precede each reading
- A brief introduction sets the context of each reading
- Facing vocabulary for each selection
- Latin-to-English glossary
The Teacher’s Guide to 38 Latin Stories provides a literal translation answer key for all of the stories. The Guide was developed in response to frequent requests from homeschoolers, teachers, and people learning Latin on their own.
- Literal translation for each story intended to be a straightforward key to the story
- Word-for-word translations presented where the Latin idiom seemed stilted when rendered literally into English
- Brackets provide words needed where the Latin text is elliptical
Anne H. Groton earned her PhD in Classical Studies at the University of Michigan and has taught since 1981 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where she is Professor of Classics and chairs the Department of Classics. In addition to 38 Latin Stories, she is author of several articles on ancient comedy as well as From Alpha to Omega: A Beginning Course in Classical Greek. Every other year she directs a student production of a play by Plautus, performed in a musical mixture of Latin and English. In 1995 she received the American Philological Association's Award for Excellence in the Teaching of the Classics.
James M. May received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently Professor of Classics and Associate Dean for Humanities at St. Olaf College. In addition to 38 Latin Stories, May is author of several articles and books including Trials of Character: The Eloquence of Ciceronian Ethos. He has served as Vice-President for Education for the American Philological Association and as President of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. In 1986 he was the winner of the APA's Award for Excellence in the Teaching of the Classics.
Comments and Reviews
I would enthusiastically recommend 38 Latin Stories to all those who teach elementary Latin via Wheelock and wish to provide their students from the start with continuous passages of interesting and idiomatically sound Latin prose.
— Richard A. LaFleur
. . . it would be a pity to limit the use of such an excellent reader to Wheelock’s method alone; it deserves much wider application. Almost any introductory course of Latin, at high school or college level, would benefit from its use . . . By using this reader, the student will learn how classical Latin was really written, and become painlessly acquainted with the great Latin authors.
The little book itself is pleasing in appearance, easy to handle, and possessed of that sober elegance characteristic of Bolchazy-Carducci publications.
— Mary Machado
Anyone looking for an easy reader to augment a conventional Latin course could well consider this book.
— Ian Pratt
Excellent . . . it improved my students’ reading ability and also gave the opportunity to talk about Roman culture.
— Robert Brown