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Cicero: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader

Authors: Judith Lynn Sebesta, Mark Haynes
Product Code: 6560
ISBN: 978-0-86516-656-1
Pages: 248
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The Cicero: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader contains 103 lines from Cicero's Pro Archia. Innovative text combines special visual features—including line alignments based on meaning with the "pass through" method—to unpack Cicero's complex prose. Copious notes and reader aids along with facing vocabulary make this text an excellent introduction to Cicero and smoothes the way for upper level Latin reading. Resources include an introduction to Cicero, bibliography, grammatical appendix, figures of speech appendix, and a pullout vocabulary.


Selections (103 lines) from Pro Archia: 4.2-4, 5.1-3, 5.4-6, 6.1, 6.2-3, 7.1-3, 12 entire, 13.1, 14.1-3, 18.4-5, 19 entire, 23 entire, 24.1-3, 28 entire, 29 entire, 31 entire, 1 entire, 2 entire, and 3 entire.


Special Features

  • "pass through" approach that begins with the main statement and adds clauses with each "pass"
  • transitional aids: lines aligned to facilitate comprehension, implied words in parentheses, difficult noun-adjective pairings in different fonts
  • complete vocabulary and grammatical notes on facing pages
  • Second, unaltered text with vocabulary and literary and metrical notes
  • post-reading materials that encourage appreciation of Cicero’s style, reflection on what has been read, and making connections to the modern world
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Review by: Rebecca Wick, Loyola Academy - March 7, 2011
"I used Cicero Legamus with my honors level junior class (Honors Latin III). Since I was already familiar with the Legamus series having used Catullus and Ovid for Latin IV, I knew that this would be the ideal text to introduce the structure and style of Cicero's prose. The students found the clause breakdown of the periodic sentences immensely helpful as they also did the typeface cues. As they grew in their understanding of parataxis, rhetorical figures, and word order, they made the transition well to the later chapters when given Latin text without structural assistance. The notes are especially helpful. The students are introduced to the background of the speech with a good deal of historical information on the events in Rome and the many important supporters of Archias. After their experience with the Cicero Legamus text, my students began reading Frerichs' In Catilinam I (also from B-C) with greater confidence and understanding. I am grateful for the Legamus series and most especially the Cicero transitional text." Rebecca Wick Loyola Academy Wilmette, Illinois
Review by: James Cox, The Midwest Book Review - October 1, 2010
All the education in the world may not be preparation enough for the real thing. "Cicero A Legamus Transitional Reader" is a guide to help students of Latin make the leap from the their Latin classes and text books to actual Latin documents and books. Professors of the classics in Mark Haynes and Judith Sebesta hope to help readers gain a greater grasp of the details of Latin and its grammar rules that are not commonly taught in most textbooks. "Cicero A Legamus Transitional Reader" is a fine pick for any Latin enthusiast, be they professional or amateur.
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