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The OfficialTEACHER’S GUIDE ANDANSWERKEY forWHEELOCK’S LATIN6thEdition, RevisedRichard A. LaFleurUniversity of Georgia[rev. 4-18-07: WATCH for changes in this revision date,as well as the revision dates in the individual sectionsof the guide, as existing materials are updated andnew materials added periodically.]IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are a studentcurrently enrolled in a Latin class that assigns readings and translations in
Wheelock for homework and/or credit and have somehow improperly gained access to this key, be aware that such access is stric tly prohibite d and very likely constitutes a violation of your school’s academic-honesty policies.All contents copyright, 2007, R. A. LaFleurThe Textbook’s Evolution and ContentsWhen Professor Frederic Wheelock's Latinfirst appeared in 1956, thereviews extolled its thoroughness, organization, and concision; at least onereviewer predicted that the book "might well become the standard text" forintroducing college students and other adult learners to elementary Latin.Now, half a century later, that prediction has certainly been provenaccurate. A second edition was published in 1960, retitled Latin: AnIntroductory Course Based on Ancient Authorsand including a rich array ofadditional reading passages drawn directly from Latin literature (the Loc§Immãt~t§); the third edition, published in 1963, added Self-TutorialExercises, with an answer key, for each of the 40 chapters and greatlyenhanced the book's usefulness both for classroom students and for thosewishing to study the language independently. In 1984, three years beforethe author's death, a list of passage citations for the Sententiae Ant§quaewas added, so that teachers and students could more easily locate andexplore the context of selections they found especially interesting; and in1992 a fourth edition, titled Wheelock’s Latin Grammar,appeared under theaegis of the book's new publisher, HarperCollins, in which the layout of thetext was handsomely redesigned.The fifth edition, published in 1995 and aptly retitled Wheelock'sLatin, constituted the first truly substantive revision of the text in more than30 years. The revisions which I introduced were intended, not to alter thebasic concept of the text, but to enhance it; indeed, a number of the mostsignificant changes were based on Professor Wheelock's own suggestions,contained in notes made available for the project by his family, and othersreflected the experiences of colleagues around the country, many of whom(myself included) had long used and admired the book and had in the-1-
process arrived at some consensus about certain basic ways in which itmight be improved for a new generation of students.The most obvious change in the fifth edition reflected Wheelock's ownprincipal desideratum, shared by myself and doubtless by most who hadused the book over the years, and that was the addition of passages ofcontinuous Latin, based on ancient authors, to each of the 40 chapters.

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