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This volume is the completely reset Second Edition of Jeanne Marie Neumann's A College Companion (Focus, 2008).
It offers a running exposition, in English, of the Latin grammar covered in Hans H. Ørberg's Familia Romana, and includes the complete text of the Ørberg ancillaries Grammatica Latina and Latin–English Vocabulary. It also serves as a substitute for Ørberg's Latine Disco, on which it is based. As it includes no exercises, however, it is not a substitute for the Ørberg ancillary Exercitia Latina I.
Though designed especially for those approaching Familia Romana at an accelerated pace, this volume will be useful to anyone seeking an explicit layout of Familia Romana's inductively-presented grammar. In addition to many revisions of the text, the Second Edition also includes new units on cultural context, tied to the narrative content of the chapter.
"A synthesis of language teaching research and teaching experience, Jeanne Marie Neumann’s A Companion to 'Familia Romana': Second Edition is an extremely valuable ancillary for teachers and students who use the volume Familia Romana: Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata by Hans Ørberg.
"The Companion cleverly reworks and is presumably intended to replace (at least in English-speaking territories) the original three volumes written by Ørberg: Latina Disco, Grammatica Latina and Latin-English Vocabulary I. Following the approach already adopted by Ørberg, Neumann recommends undertaking the study of the Companion only after careful reading of the corresponding units in Familia Romana and the Latin Grammar sections therein. On this approach, the deepening of a student's metalinguistic understanding is postponed until (although not in reality subordinated to) the acquisition of morphology, syntax, and vocabulary, since the grammatical explanations function as an additional aid to understanding already simultaneously encountered (and thus partially assimilated) rules in the course of undertaking the Latin readings. Each chapter is accompanied by a major cultural and historical excursus (Studia Romana), absent in the first edition of the Companion and always connected with the content of individual chapters. The presence of a list of words with English translation at the end of each section, absent in the original Latin volume, proves successful and effective because it allows one to determine with certainty not only the primary meaning of a word but also the exact meaning with which it is used in various contexts.
"The big innovation in this second edition is the inclusion of expository units on Roman civilization. These sections, always written in a lively and engaging style, significantly enrich the Ørberg course, making it better serve the needs of those students of the Latin language who also wish to gain familiarity with Roman culture and civilization.
"The new edition of the Companion will certainly help rekindle the debate not only on the direct teaching of the Latin language but also on the need for renewal in the teaching of ancient languages. Indeed, thanks to its structure and rigor, Neumann's work does everything necessary to adapt to present-day needs a text which, although it was conceived over fifty years ago, is still a very solid and valuable tool for starting the reading of classics."
—Giuseppe Marcellino, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, in BMCR
"Thanks to Jeanne Neumann for her wonderful work in updating this work. First, as a homeschool user, I was glad to see the removal of the word
'College' from the title, making it more evident that this is a resource for use with Familia Romana regardless of one's schooling level. Second, the cultural notes for each chapter are a wonderful addition! Third, I appreciate the small typography changes made to the various grammatical notes and vocabulary lists, making them even easier to utilize. I also treated us to the newer edition of Familia Romana with color illustrations and look forward to using these two resources together as we continue in our Latin studies. This excellent Companion makes homeschool Latin much more attainable to those of us without a Latin background!"
—Audrey Berry, homeschooler
About the Author:
Jeanne Marie Neumann is Professor of Classics at Davidson College, where she has taught Latin, Greek, and Classical Civilization since 1994, and was awarded the College’s most distinguished teaching award in 2005. She has conducted numerous seminars and workshops for Latin teachers at all levels of instruction, and has received national recognition for her educational outreach.