Ovid LEGAMUS Transitional Reader
By Denise Davis-Henry, Caroline Perkins
This reader contains lines of Latin selections from Ovid poems, designed for students moving from elementary or intermediate Latin into reading the authentic Latin of Ovid. Introductory materials include an overview of the life and work of Ovid, bibliography, and description of Ovidian meters.
Latin selections are accompanied by pre-reading materials, grammatical exercises, vocabulary notes, notes to assist reading comprehension, and other reading aids. Appendices on grammar and figures of speech, and a pull-out vocabulary of words appearing frequently in Ovid round out the book’s innovative features.
- Pre-reading materials help students understand underlying cultural and literary concepts
- Short explanations of grammatical and syntactical usage, with exercises
- First version of the Latin text with transitional aids: implied words in parentheses, difficult noun-adjective pairings in different fonts, words re-ordered to facilitate comprehension
- Complete vocabulary and grammatical notes on facing pages
- Post-reading materials encourage appreciation of Ovid’s style and reflection on what has been read
- Pull-out vocabulary of Latin words not annotated
- Second version of Latin text is without transitional aids, but with notes
- Translations of each Latin passage
- Answers to grammar and vocabulary exercises
- Suggested responses for short analysis questions
NB: All directions, questions, and exercises are reprinted from the student text and then followed by the answers in the Teacher's Guide.
Caroline Perkins is professor and chair of the department of Classics at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She holds a PhD from The Ohio State University. Perkins has won teaching awards at Marshall University, is the author of several articles on Tacitus and Ovid, and has given numerous presentations on these and other authors. She is a tireless promoter of the study of Classics in her adopted state, and most recently has established an MA in Latin program at Marshall University.
Denise Davis-Henry holds an MA from The Ohio State University. She has taught Latin at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio, since 1986. Her passion for classical mythology brought her to the classics, and she enjoys organizing and leading student tours to Europe, including Italy and Sicily, Greece, France, Switzerland, and Roman Britain.
Comments and Reviews
There's a gap between reading authentic Latin texts and a class that teaches Latin as a spoken language. Ovid: A Legamus Transitional Reader seeks to bridge that gap with material to help students understand the grammar and language used in these ancient texts, complete with a vocabulary practice and assistance. The ideal tool for any Latin student looking to practice their skills with the ancient language, Ovid: A Legamus Transitional Reader is highly recommended for community library collections dedicated to assisting in learning foreign languages.