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How could one teach Latin, not as an extinct vehicle, but as the reflection of a lively culture and philosophy? Frederic Wheelock set about to create a Latin text that would give students something to think about, a humanistic diet to nurture them both linguistically and philosophically. A last important point regarding possessives is the fact that Latin frequently omits them, except for emphasis or to avoid ambiguity. The book began with lessons he designed especially for his Brooklyn College students. Personal P't HIouns Ego, Tii, and Is; Demonsl,al;ves Is and idem 69 Ei id ad nos mittent, they (masc.) will.,end it to li S. English, on the other hand, employs possessives regularly, and so you will often need to supply them in translating from Latin (just as you do the articles "a," "an," and "the"), in order to produce an idiomatic translation; e.g., patriam amiimus, we love our country. In 1950, on Frederic's six-month sabbatical leave, the Wheelock family travelled to the remote village of San Miguel De Allende in Mexico. Ego ei (eis) libros dabo, I shall give Ihe books 10 him or her (/0 Ihem). Notice, however, that the Romans used the nominatives of the pronouns (ego, tii, etc.) only when they wished to stress the subject. where Frederic conscientiously wrote his text, and our diligent mother, Dorothy, meticulously typed the manuscript on an old portable typewriter. Til me (nos) non capies, y OIl will nol cl/p/llre me (li S). Commonly, therefore, the pronominal subject of a Latin verb is not indicated except by the ending. Ego eis pec Qniam da M; quid tii dabis7 J sholl give them money; whot will you give? Our father loved the humanistic tradition of the classical writers and thinkers. Salve, mea bella puella-dii mihi muha biisia, amiibo tel (Catullus.-mihi, dat., to me.) 12. (Cicero, De Amiciliii 21.79-80.-dlgnus, -a, -um, worthy, deserving. -omnia, all [things).-praeclirus, -a, -um, splendid, remark· able.-r Arns, -a, -um =Eng.-possumus, we are able.) ETYMOLOGY Some Romance derivatives: Latin italian Spanish French oculus otium periculum occhio ozio pericolo o Jo ocio peligro reil oisivete peril 30 Wheelock'.
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We young children scampered irreverently underfoot or played with native children and burros. I YOli will find 1h Olt a preposition is used in Latin with most ablatives when ahe noun or pronoun in Ihe ubhuive indicates a person. Another point of usage: when cum was employed with the ablative of the personal pronouns (as well as the relative and reflexive pronouns, to be studied later), it was generally suffixed to the pronoun, rather than preceding it as a separate preposition: eiis niibiscum ibl invenies, )'ouwilljind them there with us. Met and tui were used us objective genitives (e.g., timor tui, Jear (~f YO"~see 5. 442-43 below) and partitive genitives (or "genitives of the whole," e.g., pars mei, pllrt o.fme-see eh.
Twelve years of refinement, revision, and actual usage in our father's classrooms resulted in the book's first edition. Notice also that the genitives of ego and tii (namely mei, nostrum, nostri; tui, vestrum, vestr T) were not used to indicate possession.' To convey this idea, the Romans preferred the possessive pronominal adjectives, which you have already learned: meus, -a. IS), nostri and vestr T only as objective gens., and nostrum and \'e Strum only as partitive gens.
When students needed to learn grammar, they read lessons and literature from the great l Incient writers who used the grammar in a meuningful context. -urn, my noster, -tra, -truro, ollr tuus, -a, -urn, your vester, -tra, -trum, YOllr English usage is comparable: just as Latin says liber meus, not liber mei, so English says my book. The genitives of is, ea, id, on the other hand, were quite commonly used to indicate possession.
Our father sought to graft the vilal flesh and blood of Roman experience and thinking onto the basic bones of forms, syntax, and vocabulary; he wanted students to tranix " W"""'oclc's Latin scend mere gerund grinding by giving them literary and philosophical substance on which to sharpen their teeth. Hence, while elus can sometimes be translated ofhiml of herlofit.