Sunday, July 31, 2011
Jenks: Manual of Latin Word Formation
A Manual of Latin Word Formation for Secondary Schools by Paul Rockwell Jenks (1911)
I am a big fan of this book, which provides a systematic overview of Latin word formation, starting with nouns (nouns derived from verbs, from nouns), then adjectives (derived from verbs, from nouns) then verbs (derived from nouns or adjectives, and from other verbs), and then adverbs, followed by compounds and then prepositions in composition (a section which comprises roughly one fourth of the whole book!). The vocabulary focus is Caesar's Gallic Wars; Cicero's In Catilinam, Pro Lege Manilia and Pro Archia; and Vergil's Aeneid I-VI, but the book is very useful even for students who are not reading those particular texts.