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Module Reading List

Introduction to Medieval Latin, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr William T. Flynn
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Bibliographic Introduction to the Medieval Latin

Mantello, F. A. C., and A. G. Rigg, Medieval Latin : an introduction and bibliographical guide (Washington, D.C., 1996) ISBN: 0813208424. A introduction to medieval Latin and its bibliography, containing useful summaries of work on philology, Latinity, and literature and references for further research and reading. This is a reference book that you will want to consult frequently and your first port of call for research questions about Medieval Latin. You may wish to have your own copy.

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Dictionaries suitable for desktop reference

Latham, R. E., Revised medieval Latin word-list from British and Irish sources (Oxford, 1965) ISBN: 0197258913 A good reasonably full listing of medieval words with basic definitions. This is not prohibitively priced so could be useful for Advanced medieval Latinists to own.

Lewis, C., An elementary Latin dictionary : with brief helps for Latin readers (Oxford, 1981) ISBN 0199102058. This is similar to Simpson, below, but a more convenient size and page layout. However, some words in Sidwell, Reading Medieval Latin (see below) are not recorded in it.

Niermeyer, J. F., et al. : Mediae Latinitatis lexicon minus : lexique latin médiéval-français/anglais = a medieval Latin-French/English dictionary - Medieval Latin Dictionary - Mittellateinisches Worterbuch (2nd ed. Leiden, 2002). A good but overpriced dictionary with particular strengths in historical documents, law and theology. We have the electronic version installed in the Le Patourel Room, so try it out before you decide whether you want to make a substantial investment in it.

Simpson, D.P., Cassell's Latin-English, English-Latin dictionary. (London, 2000) ISBN 0826453783.
This is a good mid-sized dictionary of classical Latin.

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Basic Reference Grammars:

Goldman N., and L. Szymanski, English grammar for students of Latin : the study guide for those learning Latin (London, 2000) ISBN:0340761075. This book clearly illustrates how English and Latin differ and provides many translation aids. It is particularly good for students who have not studied formal grammar before, and for students who are not native speakers of English..

Kennedy, B., and J. Mountford, The revised Latin primer (Harlow, 1962) ISBN: 0582362407. Unusually known as “Kennedy”, this is the official reference grammar for these modules. It is compact and therefore very useful for library work as well.

Klyve, G., Latin grammar (London, 2002) ISBN 0-340-84533-3 This text is the opposite to Jones/Sidwell, in that it provides a minimal introduction and review. It is not to be confused with Teach Yourself Latin, see below, in that it provides very few exercises and examples. It is good for someone who wants a quick review of what they have already learned or forgotten from previous Latin instruction.

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Text Books for review of Classical Latin

Betts, G., Latin (London, 2001) ISBN 0-340-77280-8. A good text, set up for self-study. It is possible to work through the book and exercises in about six weeks.

Jones, P. and K. Sidwell, Reading Latin. (Cambridge, 1986) ISBN: 0521286220.
Reading Latin (Cambridge, 1986) ISBN: 0521286239..
An independent study guide to "Reading Latin" (Cambridge 2000) ISBN: 0521653738.
These three texts provide a comprehensive introduction to Latin with hundreds of exercises and extensive preparatory readings. The three parts are used in conjunction with one another and only the ‘Study Guide’ provides answers for self study. It is expensive to buy all three of these works, but a good investment if you work through every exercise carefully and fully. If you decide to use it, please read all of the introductions carefully, and make sure that you follow all of the instructions.

Moreland, F., and R. Fleischer, Latin : an intensive course (Berkeley, 1978) ISBN 0520031830. This text is the main North American competitor to Wheelock, see below. Moreland and Fleischer is set up for intensive study, but has few self-help guides included. It can be overwhelming for those who have not had any Latin, but is an excellent review for those who have. It uses North American ordering for its noun paradigms.

Ruck, C. A., Intensive Latin first year & review : a user's manual (Durham, North Carolina, 1997) ISBN 0-89089-912-6. This is an excellent review, but is perhaps too tricky for those who have never studied any Latin before. It is based on a structural linguistics method where you practice the most used forms first and then add in the less used forms. It works best if you do all of the exercises. Highly recommended as review prior to taking Advanced Medieval Latin (MEDV 5020)

Wheelock, F., Wheelock's Latin (6th ed. New York, 2000) ISBN 0-06-095641-0. This text is the most popular North American text for introductory Latin. It is well set up for self-study and has other study guides available. It contains some medieval texts as examples. It is a little fuller than Betts, see above, but not as onerous as Jones/Sidwell, see above. It uses North American order for noun paradigms.

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Text Books for Introduction to Latin with attention to Medieval Latin

Collins, J., A primer of ecclesiastical Latin (Washington, D.C., 1985) ISBN: 0813206677. This book contains an excellent working vocabulary for medieval Latin and a clear presentation of some of its grammatical peculiarities. It introduces the basic structures of Classical and Medieval Latin, provides exercises, and is useful to own.

Gooder, E. A., Latin for local history : an introduction (Second edition, 1978) ISBN: 0582487284. A quick review of Latin grammar that emphasises medieval orthography and syntax followed by practice translating mainly fourteenth-century documents. It also contains a very useful wordlist. 

Sidwell, K., Reading medieval Latin (Cambridge, 1996 edition, paperback) ISBN: 052144747X. This contains an impressive selection of texts, helpfully glossed with reference to the grammar in Sidwell/Jones above, and the Simpson dictionary, above. It has appendicies covering Medieval morphological, orthographic and syntactic variants and a glossary of words used in its texts which are not found in Simpson. Required second semester for MEDV 5001.

Shelmerdine, Susan C.  Introduction to Latin2nd revised edition.(Indianapolis IN, 2013). This is a basic, concentrated and efficient introduction to Latin grammar focussed on Classical Latin but with considerable attention given to the needs of students of Medieval Latin. It is the core text for the module and you need to have your own copy (in any format).    

Thorley, J. Documents in medieval Latin (London, 1998) ISBN: 0715628178. Assorted documents with good introductions to documentary conventions, the book emphasises English history and also contains a representative selection of medieval historical writing in Latin.

This list was last updated on 08/09/2021