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A Caesar Reader: Selections from Bellum Gallicum and Bellum Civile, and from Caesar's Letters, Speeches, and Poetry

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A Caesar Reader: Selections from Bellum Gallicum and Bellum Civile, and from Caesar's Letters, Speeches, and Poetry
Author: W. Jeffery Tatum
Product Code: 696X
ISBN: 978-0-86516-696-7
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Pages: 246
Product Format: Paperback
Price:  $19.00

A mature but accessible Latin, a narrative brimming with historical significance and fascination: these were once touted as obvious advantages of reading Caesar's Bellum Gallicum. A change in sensibilities, however, read Rome’s brutal invasion and conquest of northern Europe as problematic, if not disturbing. But questions about the validity of Rome’s actions—and of Caesar's, especially in his later Bellum Civile—are precisely what make these commentaries compelling to read and to discuss. Additional selections from Caesar's letters, speeches, and poetry offer fresh perspectives on his stylistic versatility. Tatum’s commentary guides readers through it all, pointing up Caesar's significance as a representative of his age, culture, and class, while not skirting issues raised by the "intriguingly unsimple mentality" that gave us these works.

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A Latin Epic Reader: Selections from Ten Epics

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A Latin Epic Reader: Selections from Ten Epics
Author: Alison Keith
Product Code: 6862
ISBN: 978-0-86516-686-8
Pages: 214
Product Format: Paperback
Price:  $19.00

Epic crowned the classical hierarchy of genres, in large part because of the prestige of its subject matter—the establishment and maintenance of divine and human order. In ancient Rome, epic’s significance begins with Ennius, who adaptated Greek dactylic hexameter into Latin, securing the genre’s primacy as a narrative vehicle for celebrating Roman achievements. From these beginnings Latin hexameter was refined in the poetry of Lucretius and Catullus; the form flourished in the hands of Vergil and his successors.

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A Latin Picture Dictionary for Everyone: Lingua Latina Depicta

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A Latin Picture Dictionary for Everyone: Lingua Latina Depicta
By authors: James W. Chochola, Donald E. Sprague   Illustrated by: Lydia Koller
Product Code: 7494
ISBN: 978-0-86516-749-0
Product Format: Paperback / softback
Price:  $22.00

Designed for Latin students, A Latin Picture Dictionary for Everyone asks the learner to make a ready connection between an image and its corresponding Latin word. Illustrated exercises provide an opportunity for students to practice with and internalize the Latin vocabulary.

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A Propertius Reader: Eleven Selected Elegies

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A Propertius Reader: Eleven Selected Elegies
Author: P. Lowell Bowditch
Product Code: 7230
ISBN: 978-0-86516-723-0
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Pages: 230
Product Format: Paperback
Price:  $19.00

The erotic elegy of Propertius reveals the work of a consummate artist, one who deftly weaves public themes into the emotional experiences of a first-person narrator. The poems in this selection reflect an evolution from a private focus on erotic love to more public and political themes, charting a gradual if ambiguous accommodation to the interests of the Augustan regime. Compelling portraits of passion are entwined with varied features of Rome’s momentous historical transition from republic to empire: the trauma of recent civil wars, nostalgia for an irrecoverable past, the stirrings of social legislation, and the opulence of foreign luxuries from trade and conquest. Selections also display Propertius’s innovative treatment of gender and the psychology of desire, and provide insight into the origins of Western attitudes toward erotic feeling.

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A Roman Women Reader: Selections from the Second Century BCE through Second Century CE

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A Roman Women Reader: Selections from the Second Century BCE through Second Century CE
Authors: Sheila K. Dickison, Judith P. Hallett
Product Code: 6625
ISBN: 978-0-86516-662-2
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Product Format: Paperback
Price:  $19.00

This selection of Latin readings, drawn from texts in a variety of genres across four centuries, aims to provide a comprehensive and accurate picture of the images and realities of women in Roman antiquity. Depicted in the readings are both historical and fictional women, of varying ages and at different stages of life, from a range of social classes, and from different locales. We see them dramatized—sometimes in their own words—in the roles the women actually played, as wives and mothers, friends and lovers. This Reader differs from others in showing women in explicitly erotic roles, in drawing some of its passages from "archaic" Latin, and in encouraging a variety of critical approaches, all suitable for its intended college-level audience.

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