Beginning Latin Poetry Reader: 70 Selections from the Great Periods of Roman Verse and Drama

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McGraw Hill Professional, Jan 5, 2006 - Foreign Language Study - 320 pages

Embrace your Roman muse!

As a learner of Latin, you want to experience the Roman world by reading its writers in their original language. But you may be unsure where to begin in the classical canon or you may worry that your Latin skills are insufficient to tackle authentic texts.

Requiring only a grounding in the basics, Beginning Latin Poetry Reader lets you explore the rich and diverse range of Latin verse, including epics, comedies, satires, lyric poetry, and even graffiti! Inside you'll find seventy selections from authors of the early Republic such as Plautus and Terrance as well as those of the Golden and Silver Ages such as Vergil, Horace, Ovid, and Juvenal--all supported by helpful footnotes and English translations. This book also includes a clear overview of Latin syntax and the metrics of its verse, a glossary of all Latin words found in the readings, and a time line showing the historical and literary context of each author.

Lose yourself in:

  • the sparkling comedies of Plautus
  • the intimate love poetry of Catullus
  • the majestic hexameters of Vergil
  • the elegant lyricism of Horace
  • the refined sensuality of Ovid
  • the compelling satires of Juvenal
  • the bristly epigrams of Martial

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Great fun, especially for perusing. The thorough notes and vocab+grammar at the back make this a must have. The mini-essays are also light and enlightening.

Contents

Grammar
221
Metrics
256
Translations
267
Glossary
303

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Page 94 - De te pendentis, te respicientis amici. 105 Ad summam : sapiens uno minor est Jove, dives, Liber, honoratus, pulcher, rex denique regum, Praecipue sanus, nisi cum pituita molesta est. EPISTOLA II. TROJANI belli scriptorem, maxime Lolli, Dum tu declamas Romae, Praeneste relegi, Qui, quid sit pulchrum, quid turpe, quid utile, quid non, Planius ac melius Chrysippo et Crantore dicit.
Page 73 - Phrygias turrita per urbes, laeta deum partu, centum complexa nepotes, omnes caelicolas, omnes supera alta tenentes. hue geminas nunc flecte acies, hanc aspice gentem Romanosque tuos. hic Caesar, et omnis Iuli progenies, magnum caeli ventura sub axcm. 790 hic vir, hic est, tibi quem promitti saepius audis, Augustus Caesar, Divi genus, aurea condet saecula qui rursus Latio, regnata per arva Saturno quondam...
Page 131 - Cum subit illius tristissima noctis imago, Qua mihi supremum tempus in Urbe fuit, Cum repeto noctem, qua tot mihi cara reliqui, Labitur ex oculis nunc quoque gutta meis.
Page 31 - Ule mi par esse deo videtur, ille, si fas est, superare divos, qui sedens adversus identidem te spectat et audit dulce ridentem, misero quod omnis eripit sensus mihi: nam simul te, Lesbia, aspexi, nihil est super mi , lingua sed torpet, tenuis sub artus flamma demanat, sonitu suopte 10 tintinant aures, gemina teguntur lumina nocte.
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Page 82 - Cum semel occideris et de te splendida. Minos Fecerit arbitria, Non, Torquate, genus, non te facundia, non te Restituet pietas.
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About the author (2006)

Gavin Betts, M.A., is an educator, author, and world-renowned Latin scholar. Daniel Franklin holds a degree in Latin and has done graduate work in linguistics at Harvard University. Betts and Franklin are the authors of The Big Gold Book of Latin Verbs.

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