Excerpt from Latin Grammar Schools and Colleges
Tub work now offered to the public bad its origin in a desire to promote the cause of Classical study. It has long been tho opinion of the author, in common with numerous classical teachers, that the subject of Latin Grammar, often regarded as dry and difficult, may be presented to tho learner in a form at once simple, attractive, and philosophical. It is the aim of this manual to aid the instructor in tho attainment of this most desirable end.
That the present is a favorable time for the production of a Latin Grammar scarcely admits of a doubt. Never before were there such facilities for the work. The last quarter of a century has formed an epoch in the study of language and in the methods of instruction. During this period some of the most gifted minds of Germany have been gathering the choicest treasures in the field of philology, while others have been equally successful in devising improved methods of instruction. In our own country too, tho more enterprising teachers have caught the spirit of improvement, and are calling loudly for a better method than has hitherto prevailed in classical study.
The present work has been prepared in view of these facts. To explain its general plan, the author begs leave to specify the following points.
1. This volume is designed to present a systematic arrangement of the great facts and laws of the Latin language; to exhibit not only grammatical forms and constructions, but also those vital principles which underlie, control, and explain them.
2. Designed at once as a text-book for tho class-room, and a book of reference in study, it aims to introduce the beginner easily and pleasantly to the first principles of the language, and yet to make adequate provision for tho wants of tho more advanced student.
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