The Method: The course Lingva latina per se illustrata follows an inductive method. It starts from texts and contexts because they take back the learner to forms and constructions and learn words and phraseology. The morphosyntax, first inductively assimilated by the understanding of recurrent structures and reflection on them, is then presented systematically in an organized manner. Theory and practice proceed hand in hand for a more effective learning of the language. The method presupposes a strong active involvement of the student through reading, exercises of comprehension as well as oral and written presentation. The continuous narration, besides providing mnemonic support to learn words and constructions, clearly narrates the ancient Roman life. In the second part of the course the learner is introduced to the direct reading of Latin authors in their original texts. The text The basic text of the first part (Familia Romana) is a real 'novel' in Latin. The children follow the story of a Roman family of the second century AD: parents and children, masters and slaves, the Greek culture, school, army, medicine, commerce, agriculture, the games etc. The language, initially very simple, paratactic structure, gradually goes on and gives way to an increasingly complex Latin. The text from the first page is self-explanatory, thanks to the context, notes in the margin, and images. Already in the first volume one reads excerpts from the Gospels, from Catullus, Ovid, Martial, Donato. Gradually one moves to the second part, having access to the original texts of Livy, Sallust, Cicero and other prose writers. The Goal The purpose of the course is to lead the students in the shortest possible time and with maximum efficiency to read the ancient, medieval, renaissance and modern Latin classics with simplicity, naturalness and full understanding. The active use of the language, which the method foresees, is therefore a very effective means, but not the end that is proposed. The student will not have to decipher spelling individual words, nor will be called to solve puzzles clinging to dictionary and grammar, but should be able to read, listen to and understand the message that the elders have left behind.
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