Caesar Workbook: A
By Debra L. Nousek, Rose Williams
A Caesar Workbook is the latest title in the Latin Literature Workbook Series. It provides all the activities and exercises needed to reinforce the careful reading of classical authors in the original Latin. Sets of exercises geared to the AP* exam engage students directly with the Latin text and lead them to a heightened understanding of Caesar’s De Bello Gallico.
- Unadapted Latin passages from Caesar’s De Bello Gallico:
Book 1.1–7; Book 4.24–35 and the first sentence of Chapter 36; Book 5.24–48; Book 6.13–20
- Sets of exercises include:
- preparatory questions on grammar and syntax
- multiple-choice questions on comprehension, identification, translation, etc.
- short analysis questions
- Latin-English glossary
Student Edition Errata, this errata sheet refers to the 2012 printing of A Caesar Workbook student edition, click here to download.
- All-in-one teacher’s manual includes the complete student workbook and provides answers immediately following each question
- Complete answers to exercises
- Salient points necessary for complete answers to the short analysis questions
- Rubrics for scoring translation exercises using the chunking method
- Keypoints for inclusion in superior essays
Rose Williams, high school and college instructor, is a leading author of more than a dozen popular books that have inspired many Latin teachers and students. Her most recent Latin text is A Beginning Christian Latin Reader: De Bonis Cogitationibus; other recent titles include the four enrichment texts for Latin for the New Millennium: From Romulus to Romulus Augustulus, The Original Dysfunctional Family, The Clay-footed SuperHeroes, and From Rome to Reformation. Ms. Williams has taught at both the high school and the college levels. She regularly speaks at classics conferences and is currently excited about her research exploring the Latin legacy of the American Southwest. Abilene's Providence Classical Academy has lured her back to the classroom. Magistra Williams meets twice weekly with advanced students and is preparing them for next year's AP* Latin work.
Debra L. Nousek, PhD teaches at Western Ontario University in Canada. She earned her BA at the University of Alberta, her MA at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her PhD from Rutgers University. Professor Nousek is a specialist in Roman history and the republic and has published on Caesar as well as delivered papers on a variety of topics including Caesar. A Caesar devotee, even her teaching webpage begins with an image from the Gallic War, see http://publish.uwo.ca/~dnousek/. Dr. Nousek was named to the “Teaching Honor Roll” by the Students' Council of the University of Western Ontario.
Comments and Reviews
An excellent resource for the preparation comes, predictably, from Bolchazy-Carducci (who provided me with a review copy). Their 2012 A Caesar Workbook, by veteran college and high school Latin teacher Rose Williams and Debra L. Nousek, should prepare students admirably, especially for the grammar questions on the exam. Preparation includes timed tests to practice translation. The book also covers the essay/comprehension type questions and the figures of speech students are expected to know for the exam. The same publisher sent me a copy of Latin for the New Millennium, Level 3, which starts with passages from Caesar that are on the exam study list, and includes a wealth of cultural detail students should be able to draw on for the essays.
–A. N. Gill