In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there were a slew of Latin grammars published in English that stuck around are still popular today (in the Anglophone world). A survey of various resources online point to these three as the chief major ones:

  • Gildersleeve and Lodge (1894)
  • Allen and Greenough (1903)
  • Bennett (1918)

These have all had various updates throughout the year, but if someone were to get an out-of-copyright reprint, what sort of serious problems might they encounter? An easy example is the prosody section of Allen and Greenough, which Anne Mahoney thoroughly reworked recently. Are there other problematic areas, and have they since been corrected?

Feel free to recommend other grammars that might fit the bill, even if it's not in English.

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    To be clear, you are talking about grammars written in English? Because the ones you mention I have never used (first heard about them on this website), as opposed to Kühner–Stegmann, Van der Heyde (probably only in Dutch).
    – Cerberus
    Jun 28 '21 at 22:09
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    @Cerberus I would personally welcome a post on grammars in Dutch, too, if you're so inclined, but I am indeed primarily looking for grammars in English. I actually deleted English from the title and then forgot to put it in the body of the text!
    – cmw
    Jun 28 '21 at 22:22
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    @Cerberus As you probably know, the two volumes of the recent Oxford Latin Syntax by Pinkster were intended to update and then replace the monumental work by Kühner & Stegmann. My experience is that there has been no such replacement (unfortunately for me since my German is quite limited...). I've realized that in many aspects K&S still provides richer and more useful syntactic information & data than Pinkster!
    – Mitomino
    Jun 30 '21 at 14:50
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    @Mitomino: I am not familiar with K & S. If your German "is quite limited" how do you know that it's better than Pinkster's? The assumption is that you are not enamoured of Pinkater's vol. II, recently-published, is that correct?
    – tony
    Jul 1 '21 at 12:00
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    @tony The work carried out by Pinkster in his 2 vols of OLS is really titanic and will of course be a very useful reference for many of us. I have no doubt about it. However, my expectation was that it would be more complete than it really is. And you're right: Pinkster is not in the list of my favorite linguist latinists. For example, in MY opinion, the work by Prof. Devine is much more solid: cf. classics.stanford.edu/people/andrew-devine
    – Mitomino
    Jul 1 '21 at 13:26

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