475: Essentials of Latin Grammar by W. Michael Wilson

by Gerard


475: Wilson, W. Michael. Essentials of Latin Grammar: A Practical Guide to the Mastery of Latin. Lincolnwood, IL: Passport Books, 1995. 119 pp. ISBN 0844285404.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 400: Language
  • 470: Italic and Latin languages
  • 475: Grammar and syntax of classical Latin

If you really want to get down to the nuts and bolts, the nitty-gritty, and the no-nonsense study of Latin, then this one is the way to go. W. Michael Wilson’s Essentials of Latin Grammar takes a spectacular page from Strunk and White’s Elements of Style and omits needless words almost to a fault. There is a two-page preface and then it’s off to the races. One hundred forty-one rules later, you should emerge with a head full of Latin.

Because of its brevity, you will need a side reference on grammatical terms to get through Wilson’s teachings. Trust me, when you’re wading through the weeds of the gerundive case, you’ll be glad for it. Wilson’s lessons are terse but still useful. If you know Latin and want to brush up on the syntax, or even if you’re just starting out, this is an incredibly rich guide to the structure of the language. A short but educational book.