Cicero's First Catilinarian Oration
A Digital Tutor
By Anthony Hollingsworth
This innovative DVD contains commentaries and digital manuscripts designed for viewing on either a PC or Macintosh platform in the classroom or at home. Over five hours of video lectures illustrate how to translate every sentence of Cicero’s In Catilinam I without actually translating the sentence.
- Live lectures 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 the 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
Anthony Hollingsworth, PhD, is an associate professor and the chairman of the Department of Modern Languages, Classics & Philosophy at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. A graduate of Brown University, he has focused his academic endeavors on developing and publishing material that enhances the study of the classics at the high school and college. Dr. Hollingsworth has published in a wide variety of scholarly, youth and educational publications and has worked with various publishers in developing testing materials for the classroom.
Comments and Reviews
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 analysed with parts of speech highlighted in colour, 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).
"Thank you for the DVD; I have tried it out with the boys and it works really well!"
Monmouth School, England
December 10, 2008