Classics and Religious Studies



Copyright © 2007 Thomas N. Winter.


What reader of Latin has not paused while consciously trying the various possibilities on a final -a ending? Or marched in place momentarily while deciding that a final -is was nominative, not genitive? While English shows meaning by position-in-sequence, Latin shows meaning by case-ending and circumstance: where case-ending fails, circumstance is left.

This book deals with the circumstance. It is, then a backwards grammar. It assumes some familiarity with Latin, and familiarity with the cases. Its intended audience is intermediate Latin students, and teachers of intermediate Latin students.

This is a chapter from an unpublished work, Odds on Latin, a statistical analysis and guide to translation of Latin works, based on computer analysis or word-forms and their frequencies.

This analytical dictionary of Latin terminations is based on the 2,959 different words (7,400 words total length) of De Bello Gallico 5. Confirmation of some generalizations was done via an Ibycus search through all of De Bello Civili.

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