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The Other Middle Ages

Product Code: 8377
ISBN: 978-0-86516-837-4
Pages: 400
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The Other Middle Ages introduces selections that cover all aspects and all walks of life, from bawdy songs to somber religious rituals and impudent parodies of the same, from short anecdotes and fables to excerpts from the bestiary tradition. Intermediate Latin students can expect to finish one or more of these enjoyable readings in one sitting, developing their reading skills and giving them a sense of accomplishment.

While some selections have been edited for clarity and length, most are unadapted. Notes and vocabulary guide students accustomed to classical Latin through reading medieval texts drawn from a wide range of centuries, geographical locations, and genres.

Seventy-nine selections of prose and poetry are grouped thematically: Everyday Life • Echoes of Antiquity—Alexander the Great • The Black Death • Perspectives on Women • Anti-Semitism • Wonders and Marvels • The World of the Church • Ritual • Attacks on the Church • Carmina Burana and Goliardic Tradition • The World of Nature and Science.

Special Features

  • Introduction ■ Goals ■ How to Use This Book ■ Abbreviations ■ Medieval Latin ■ Scanning Medieval Poetry ■ Bibliography
  • Adapted and unadapted Latin texts with same- and facing-page notes and vocabulary
  • Black-and-white illustrations
  • Complete Latin-to-English glossary

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Review by: James Cox - June 1, 2016

The Other Middle Ages: A Medieval Latin Reader is a text created especially to help intermediate Latin students gain a greater command of the language. Seventy-nine selections of Latin prose and poetry are thematically grouped, with notes and vocabulary-building information. A "how to use this book" set of guidelines and an extensive lexicon round out this excellent resource from award-winning instructor Kenneth F. Kitchell, Jr., professor emeritus of classics at University of Massachusetts.

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