Aristotle’s Prior Analytics PUBLISHED!

I am happy to announce that I have re-published Taylor’s translation of Aristotle’s Prior Analytics in a number of useful formats for students in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. This is the most important of all studies in the classical liberal arts, and we now have a searchable, working text on the Academy website–and a printed edition to keep in hand. Ours is the only online source for Taylor’s translation. Links to the online text and printed text are posted below: I will continue to improve the formatting of the online copy, making it more and more easy to use. … Continue

Conversation and Composition

Your habits of speech are likely to become permanent and errors of speech will creep into your written work. Short sentences are quite as necessary as long ones, and in some cases, such as the portraying of strong emotion, are more effective. Even a succession of short sentences may be used with good results to describe rapid action. In conversation, also, sentences are generally short, and often grammatically incomplete, though they may be understood by the hearer. Sometimes this incompleteness is justified by the idiom of the language, but more often it is the result of carelessness on the part … Continue

Freshman Latin Grammar, Lesson 04

To complete this lesson, complete the following tasks: Study the lesson below, carefully and completely. Read the instructions for translation exercises. Complete translation exercises. Memorize all lesson vocabulary. Work to earn a perfect score on your lesson exam. Lesson In this lesson, we begin our study of St. Jerome’s Latin translation of the Gospel of John. In each lesson, we will study five verses, until we have completed the first five chapters of the Gospel. 1 In principio erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum. 2 Hoc erat in principio apud Deum. 3 Omnia per ipsum … Continue

Freshman Latin Grammar, Lesson 03

In this lesson, you will study the first of the eight parts of speech: Nouns. You will learn to define and identify a noun, substantive noun, adjective noun, proper noun and common noun. You must complete the following assignments for this lesson: Study Grammar Rules 16-20 below. All rules must be mastered and known by memory. Study the Lesson as you learn the rules. Complete the Lesson Exercises as you study the Lesson. Complete the Lesson Examination when all assignments are completed. Memory Work What is a noun?A noun is a word, or part of speech, which has cases, and … Continue

Freshman High School, Latin Grammar. Lesson 01

To complete the objectives of this lesson, complete the following tasks: Study the Lesson. Complete the Lesson Exercises. Read the Grammar Rules. Memorize the Grammar Rules. Complete the Lesson Examination. Lesson In this first lesson, we will begin with an introduction to Grammar. We learn in the first rule that Grammar is the art of speaking and writing well. We learn this art by first knowing letters and their sounds. We see that in Latin, there are only 23 letters–less than English, which has 26. The letters look the same, but there are two important differences: (1) they have different … Continue

Learn English Composition the Right Way in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy

If you were taught to write in a modern school, it’s likely that you didn’t like your writing classes and never felt that you were learning how to write. You felt this way because it was true. Modern schools attempt to teach writing in a way that is artificial and contrary to the natural way we communicate with others. We find great pleasure in sharing our ideas with others by speaking because we talk about topics we’re interested in, about which we have knowledge, and we talk with people whom we believe are interested in what we have to say. … Continue

Learn to Read Classical Greek

In God’s Providence, the language of the world at the time the Catholic Church was established was Greek. The Apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote the books of the New Testament in Greek and read a Greek translation of the Old Testament, known as the Septuagint. The greatest ancient philosophers–Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras–all wrote in Greek. Greek is the original language of ancient philosophy and Christian divine revelation! I invite you to study Greek with us in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. We will be studying the Gospel of St. John, the writings of Aristotle. The course includes access … Continue

English Composition, Lesson 17. Variety

In this lesson, we will continue to study how “euphony” can be improved in our composition by giving attention to variety. To complete the objectives of this lesson, complete the following tasks: Study the lesson for mastery. Complete the lesson assessment. Lesson Of the many elements which affect the euphony of a theme none is more essential than variety. The constant repetition of the same thing grows monotonous and distasteful, while a pleasing variety maintains interest and improves the story. For sake of it we avoid the continual use of the same words and phrases, substituting synonyms and equivalent expressions … Continue

Latin Grammar I, Lesson 27. The Declension of Adjective Nouns

In this lesson, we will study the declension of adjective nouns in Latin. To complete the objectives of this lesson, complete the following tasks: Study the lesson for mastery. Memorize the declensions of bonus, bona, bonum. Memorize the declensions of acer, acris, acre. Memorize the declensions of brevis, breve. Memorize the declension of felix. Memorize the list of adjectives with Genitive in -IUS and Dative in -I. Memorize the declension of alter, altera, alterum. Memorize the three irregular adjectives. Study the declension of the three irregular adjectives (memory not required). Complete the lesson assessment(s). The content of this lesson is … Continue

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