5 to a group [countable]
b) a piece of writing, especially from the Bible, that is read to a group of people.'
── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/reading
Wheelock's Latin Reader, newly revised and updated by Richard A. LaFleur,is the ideal ... What makes this reader outstanding is the wide selection of readings.
I have consulted several dictionaries, but cannot find an appropriate explanation for the word readings. Does the word readings mean articles here?
I need native speakers' help.
I think, in this context, it may specifically mean "written pieces intended to be read", which are set by a teacher to be read, as practice, by a student. http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary...amily=Readings
The readings will probably include quotations and extracts from famous Roman authors such as Cicero, Ovid and Virgil, through to writers like Thomas Aquinas, and on to more recent pieces by Francis Bacon and Baruch Spinoza. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_literature
There may also be quotes from the courts of justice, because in Britain at least, Latin could still be used in the courtroom until 1730 and wasn't actually fully removed from it until 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2188129.stm
The Catholic church carried on using Latin long after 1730 in its records, as I know full well from spending many hours trawling through 19th century records. https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/...ical_Word_List
Last edited by Eckaslike; 31-Jul-2015 at 13:32. Reason: To remove a typo.
(BrE first language speaker.)
I am not a teacher.