Have you ever wondered what Latin books looked like before school texts were dumbed down? Originally published in 1945, the Henle Latin Series teaches Latin the traditional way. For students who have completed Latina Christiana I and II, Henle's First Year Latin may be started as early as 5th or 6th grade. It can also be attempted by students with no Latin background as early as 7th grade.In the Henle Series, grammar and syntax are collected into a separate 250-page Grammar Manual, which is used as a handy reference to accompany to all four years of Henle. The Henle texts contain all of the exercises and readings. Many repetitious Latin phrases and copious exercises produce mastery rather than frustration, and the mixture of Christian and classical content is appealing to students. Exercises and readings teach Roman and American history and the difference between the pagan and Christian world views, between the virtues of the natural man (of whom the Roman was the greatest type) and the virtues of the Christian man which are possible only through grace.Henle is a thoroughly classical text, teaching the basic elements of Latin faithfully, rigorously and in an orderly, systematic manner. With a high level of experience and knowledge, coming out of the expertise of centuries of teaching Latin in the Roman Catholic Church, Henle elegantly illustrates the Trivium: The ‘grammar' is introduced, the ‘dialectic’ is consistently stressed in a large variety of exercises, and the ‘rhetoric’ is encouraged through numerous translations of texts that are highly rhetorical—the writings of Caesar and Cicero, for example. Henle also contains many Christian stories, and explorations of Christian values (particularly teachings of Christian virtue as obtained through grace versus the ancient pagan concept of virtue), as well as tales concerning not just the ancients but more current notions of American patriotism and the fundamentals of American government. In addition, Henle provides valuable insight into the history of the Church, providing an excellent opportunity for Christians to trace their heritage back to its ancient origins.
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