Bones of Latin are rattling about
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OSSA LATINITATIS SOLA
“The Mere Bones of Latin”
Reginald Foster – Daniel McCarthy
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Anticipated release in October 2015.
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Description of OSSA
From the first encounter with the Latin language to its full presentation in 105 encounters, the objective of Ossa Latinitatis Sola is to get people into immediate contact with and understanding of genuine Latin authors, and for these encounters to grow into a love and use of the entire language in all its literary types and periods of time and authors of the past 2,300 years.
By eliminating terminology and complicated introductions to the language, we emphasize what things mean, not what they are called, how the language functions, not artificial rules, so that people may have immediate access to real solid, natural Latin which they can then imitate and use.
Reginald Foster’s method of teaching the Latin language is the result of over forty years of helping people in Rome to grow fast and solidly in the knowledge, use and appreciation of Latin by anticipating their questions and preempting their future problems. The complications and obscurities of certain other methods are hereby necessarily avoided.
Outsiders will discover that Latin is supremely teachable and loveable and that every fear and terror about the so called insurmountable difficulties of Latin are non-existent and that its destination for only whiz-kids is sheer nonsense. Students will find clear explanations given in narrative form to be grasped and absorbed even in the comfort of a beach chair. Teachers will find the logical reasons why Latin functions as it does and consequently a ready instrument for teaching and a fresh method for communicating with students, supporting everyone in the learning process.
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About the authors
Reginaldus Thomas Foster recently retired after 40 years serving as the personal Latin secretary of Pope Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI. His office was in the “Latin Letters” section of the Secretariat of State in the Vatican. He continues to teach Latin classes in summer and during academic term at his own school in Milwaukee.
Daniel Patricius McCarthy, a student of Foster’s, is a monk at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kansas. He teaches liturgy and the Latin language in London as a guest professor of KU Leuven. He teaches church art and architecture at his abbey in Atchison in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. He is soon to begin teaching in Rome.
Several companion volumes are in preparation:
OSSIVM CARNES MVLTAE Locutionis indoles ac natura Ciceronis in epistulae: The Bones’ Meats Abundant: the Character and Nature of Speech in Cicero’s Letters.
OS PRAESENS CICERONIS EPISTVLARIS: The Immediate Mouth of Cicero in his Letters.
OSSIBVS LVDI EXERCENDIS: Games for Exercising the Bones.
OSSIBUS RIVISENDA MIGRANTIBUS: As Bones Roam About, Things-Places-Events to be revisited