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Cicero's First Catilinarian Oration Digital Tutor

Author: Anthony Hollingsworth
Product Code: DTC01
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This innovative MP4 download contains commentaries and digital manuscripts designed for viewing with QuickTime (Mac or PC) or any handheld media player capable of playing MP4 files. Over five hours of video lectures illustrate how to translate very sentence of Cicero's In Catilinam I without actually translating the sentence.

Special Features

  • Live lecutres using computerized whiteboard technology analyzing every sentence of the speech
  • Parts of sentences highlighted in color
  • Arrows linking adjectives to the nouns they modify
  • Speech bubbles that identify the part of speech or use of certain words
  • Example sentences that appear between the lines of hte text when a grammatical concept is presented using an English sentence
  • Word lists divided by frequency and parts of speech for study and review
  • Line-by-line concordance

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Review by: Claudette Wilkinson - January 7, 2010
I ordered the Cicero First Catilinarian Oration Digital Tuto and have already made a good start on it. I absolutely love this product! I especially like the 'whiteboard' format (just like being in a class) and the teacher himself is so clear and thorough. In particular, the teacher's approac to the text allows me to see how the sentence is working (so fundamental to reading Latin but so often overlooked) and I am confident that my reading ability will improve immeasurably (already, I 'm less frightened of unseens!). Thank you for providing such a wonderful resource!

—Kind regards,
Claudette Wilkinson
Sydney, Australia

Review by: Robert Tatam, JACT - October 1, 2009

This DVD is one of several items available from the North American Publishing firm, Bolchazy-Carducci (www.bolchazy.com) which can very usefully support the teaching of Cicero's In Catilinam 1 as the current AS Latin Prose set text. The DVD contains detailed linguistic analysis of the speech in a range of forms and is designed for viewing on either a PC or Macintosh platform. The video lectures play using internet browsers: Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2. Every sentence of the speech is analyzed with parts of speech highlighted in color, arrows linking adjectives to the nouns they modify and speech bubbles identifying grammatical terminology. There are word lists divided by frequency and parts of speech for study and review. One other significant feature is the complete line-by-line concordance for the entire speech.

The use of this DVD certainly involves a distinctive approach to the presentation of In Catilinam 1. Some may feel there is too great an emphasis on the linguistic dissection of the text for their students, but nevertheless 'this innovative learning tool' should inspire in students a much greater confidence in their understanding 'as they tackle the complex Latin of Cicero's oration'. The DVD can be obtained from the Hellenic Bookservice in Kentish Town, London ( www.hellenicbookservice.com ).

—Robert Tatam
Bancroft's School
JACT 3.18.Autumn

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