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Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles A First Latin Reader by Francis Ritchie provides an excellent introduction to Latin language and literature through a collection of engaging stories. Ideal for beginners, this book offers a gradual approach to learning Latin, allowing readers to familiarize themselves with both grammar and vocabulary.

One of the strengths of this reader is its well-structured content, which begins with simple and straightforward tales and gradually increases in complexity. This progression allows learners to comfortably build their knowledge and confidence, while constantly challenging themselves with more advanced material. Additionally, each story is accompanied by helpful notes and vocabulary, facilitating the understanding of unfamiliar words and expressions.

The choice of stories in Ritchie's book is praiseworthy. Ranging from ancient myths to historical anecdotes, these tales are both instructive and captivating. From the legendary adventures of Hercules to the accounts of notable historical figures like Hannibal and Julius Caesar, readers are exposed to a variety of captivating narratives that familiarize them with Latin literature, culture, and history.

Moreover, the author's writing style is clear and accessible, making the reading experience enjoyable and entertaining. The inclusion of various exercises alongside the stories also provides ample opportunities to practice and reinforce acquired knowledge. Additionally, Ritchie includes periodic review sections that help readers consolidate their understanding of grammar and vocabulary.

Furthermore, the book's layout and design are well-organized, allowing readers to navigate easily between stories, vocabulary, and grammar explanations. The use of Latin-English parallel texts is particularly useful, as it enables learners to compare and contrast both languages, aiding in comprehension and translation.

While Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles A First Latin Reader is an exceptional resource, it is worth noting that it primarily focuses on the classical Latin period. Consequently, readers interested in exploring other periods of Latin literature may need to supplement their studies with additional materials.

In conclusion, Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles A First Latin Reader is a highly recommended tool for beginners looking to learn Latin. With its thoughtfully selected stories, comprehensive notes, and engaging exercises, this reader provides an enjoyable and educational experience for anyone seeking to delve into the world of Latin language and literature. Whether for self-study or classroom use, this book offers a solid foundation for further Latin language learning, making it an invaluable addition to one's language learning journey.

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RITCHIE'S FABULAE FACILES

A FIRST LATIN READER

EDITED WITH NOTES AND A VOCABULARY

BY JOHN COPELAND KIRTLAND, Jr. Professor of Latin in The Phillips Exeter Academy

THE LITTLE THAT IS MINE IN THIS LITTLE BOOK I GRATEFULLY DEDICATE TO PROFESSOR JOSEPH HETHERINGTON M'DANIELS TEACHER AND FRIEND

PREFACE

Some time ago a fellow teacher brought the Fabulae Faciles to my notice, and I have since used two of them each year with my class of beginners in Latin with increasing appreciation. Indeed, I know nothing better to introduce the student into the reading of connected narrative, and to bridge the great gulf between the beginner's book of the prevailing type and the Latinity of Caesar or Nepos. They are adapted to this use not merely by reason of their simplicity and interest, but more particularly by the graduating of difficulties and the large use of Caesarian words and phrases to which Mr. Ritchie calls attention in his preface.

Doubtless many American teachers have become familiar with portions of the Fabulae , for they have been freely drawn upon in several Latin readers recently published in this country. I venture to hope that those who have made the acquaintance of the work in this way will welcome a complete edition.

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