Friday, December 29, 2006

a.d. IV Kal. Ian.

Vana est sine viribus ira.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

a.d. V Kal. Ian.

Nulla terra exilium est set altera patria.
–L. Annaeus Seneca

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

a.d. VI Kal. Ian.

Mors tua vita mea.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

a.d. VII Kal. Ian.

Dominus illuminatio mea.
–Motto of Oxford University

Friday, December 22, 2006

a.d. XI Kal. Ian.

Amicus verus rara avis.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

a.d. XII Kal. Ian.

Rebus in humanis Regina Pecunia nauta est.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

a.d. XIII Kal. Ian.

Fortuna caeca est.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

a.d. XIV Kal. Ian.

Nil sub sole novum.
–Ecclesiastes 1:9

Monday, December 18, 2006

a.d. XV Kal. Ian.

Senectus ipsa est morbus.
–P. Terentius Afer

Friday, December 15, 2006

a.d. XVIII Kal. Ian.

Res est forma fugax.
–L. Annaeus Seneca

Thursday, December 14, 2006

a.d. XIX Kal. Ian.

Nemo malus felix.
–D. Iunius Iuvenalis

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Id. Dec.

Fames est optimus coquus.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

pridie Id. Dec.

Formosa facies muta commendatio est.
–Publilius Syrus

Monday, December 11, 2006

Excerpt from The Latin Lady

by Dawn LaFon

“Let's stop here!” His mother said happily. Dexter and his Dad groaned but his mother was driving so they stopped as they always did at the garage sale sign. “I'll just take a quick look around” They both knew that meant sit in the car for at least half an hour or get out for their own look around. Dexter and his Dad got out. Nothing, really just a lot of old clothes and a box full of old buttons.Then Dexter saw it and he had to laugh. Latin at a garage sale! Who would have ever thought it? Here was a fish plaque with the words “Carpe Diem” written underneath this hideous green fish.

“How much do you want for this?” He asked the man sitting at the card table with the moneybox. “Oh, that,” the man huffed. “What'll you give me? I really should just give it to you. Makes me mad to look at it. I bought it as a gag gift. I thought that the fish was supposed to sing. It doesn't sing and it's ugly to boot! I guess that the fish is a carp but I don't know what the diem means.”

“Well, how about a dollar?” said Dexter. Dexter had thought about explaining that Carpe Diem was Latin for “seize the day” but the man yelled, “Done” and shoved it at him before he had the chance.

“What are you going to do with that plaque?“ asked his mom.

“I'm going to give it to Gladys Louise for Christmas. Carpe diem means “seize the day” in Latin. That's what she yells at us every morning."

“She will just love it and I'm glad that you like Gladys Louise. She just thinks you are so smart and wonderful. Anytime that I see her, she tells me how lucky I am to have such a brilliant son.

He had to admit that he did like Gladys Louise. He didn't know how someone could be so cheerful all of the time, any kind of weather, even when that lady had hit her car. He had asked her one time about it and she had told him, “Honey, it's because I'm an optimist. Now “optimist” comes from the Latin word, optimus that meant “best.” If you are an optimist, you see the best in everything.”

Gladys Louise really did see the best in everything. It was close to Christmas and they had their outside lights up and most other houses on the street did too. Gladys Louise had a couple of silver bells tied to her doorknob. It made him kind of sad and he was even thinking about asking his dad if maybe they couldn't put their old lights up for her. That afternoon he went over to help her with her computer.

“Salve, magister. Come right on in! Don't let me forget. When you go home, I want you to tell your parents how much I enjoy your Christmas lights. Every time I look out my front door, I get to see your beautifully decorated house. It gives me so much pleasure! Multas gratias! And of course, she had told him along ago that multas gratias meant “thank you” in Latin.

The next day, Dexter's mom wrapped the fish in some Christmas paper and put a big red bow on top of where the fish's middle was. Dexter went over and knocked on Gladys Louise's door. She didn't come immediately so he knocked again and then jingled the bells. She opened the door and he was really startled to see that she had been crying. “Dexter, I'm sorry, I'm not really myself today and I don't feel like a computer lesson or company right now. Rex gave me an awful scare. He slipped his collar and just disappeared. I was afraid that I'd never see him again.” Dexter looked at Rex underneath the card table. Rex was looking as upset as Gladys Louise did and leaned against her. Luckily he came home on his own but I'm just too old for a scare like this. The holidays are hard enough when you're old and alone but to almost lose my dog right before Christmas . . .” She was about to shut the door.

“Wait, I got you this! Go ahead and open it, please!” said Dexter. He couldn't stand her being sad. Gladys Louise sighed and opened the present and then she started to laugh and laugh so that once again her face was wet with tears.

The next day was the last day before school let out for Christmas vacation. Dexter and his mom were flying out the door and Gladys Louise and Rex came flying across the street just as usual.

“Wait, wait! Dexter, I need to tell you something.” He was so glad to see the smile back on her face. “Dexter, I know that you have probably heard all the Latin that you want to hear but there's one more word that I want to tell you. Have you ever heard the Christmas Carol, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen?” He nodded. “Well, do you remember the chorus, “Oh tidings of comfort and joy”? He nodded again. Well, comfort is really my favorite word in the English language. It comes from two Latin words, cum which means “with” or “together” and fort from fortis which means “strong.” So when you offer comfort, you are helping someone to be strong. Who would have ever thought that a fish with Latin on it could be such a comfort! I was being such a pessimist yesterday and that's not like me to just see the worst in things. Yes, Rex ran away but he came right back and yes, I'm old and alone but I do have the best neighbors and the best magister in the world who would give me such a wonderful Christmas present with Latin on it. Go to school. Carpe diem and ferias laetas! That means “happy holidays!” “Ferias Laetas!” Dexter and his mom yelled back!

A note from the author: Ferias Laetas to all of the readers of The Latin Lady!

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Friday, December 08, 2006

a.d. VI Id. Dec.

Ipsa scientia potestas est.
–Sir Francis Bacon

Thursday, December 07, 2006

a.d. VII Id. Dec.

Piscus captivus vinum vult, flumina vivus.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

a.d. VIII Id. Dec.

De hoc multi multa, omnes aliquid, nemo satis.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Non. Dec.

Multum, non multa.
–C. Plinius Caecilius Secundus

Monday, December 04, 2006

pridie Non. Dec.

Verba dat omnis amor.
–P. Ovidius Naso

Thursday, November 30, 2006

pridie Kal. Dec.

Saepe, premente deo, fert deus alter opem.
–P. Ovidius Naso

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

a.d. III Kal. Dec.

Crescit in adversis virtus.
–M. Annaeus Lucanus

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

a.d. IV Kal. Dec.

Deo ducente.

Monday, November 27, 2006

a.d. V Kal. Dec.

Saepe tacens vocem verbaque vultus habet.
–P. Ovidius Naso

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

a.d. XI Kal. Dec.

Ubi opes, ibi amici.

Monday, November 20, 2006

a.d. XII Kal. Dec.

Duobus litigantibus, tertius gaudet.

Friday, November 17, 2006

a.d. XV Kal. Dec.

Venter praecepta non audit.
–L. Annaeus Seneca

Thursday, November 16, 2006

a.d. XVI Kal. Dec.

Crudelis est in re adversa obiurgatio.
–Publilius Syrus.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

a.d. XVII Kal. Dec.

Studiis et rebus honestis.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

a.d. XVIII Kal. Dec.

Fidus in adversis cognoscitur omnis amicus.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Using Writing Passion in your class?

Writing Passion
A Catullus Reader

Using Writing Passion in your AP Catullus class?
Teachers and students alike may enjoy consulting the material below.

Click here to view the chart listing the places where Thomson's text, found in Ronnie Ancona's Writing Passion: A Catullus Reader, differs from Mynors' Oxford Classical Text, which appears on the Advanced Placement Latin Literature Examination.

Friday, November 10, 2006

A Little Book of Latin Love Poetry

A Little Book of Latin Love Poetry: A Transitional Reader for Catullus, Horace, and Ovid
by John Breuker and Mardah Weinfeld

Selected poems of Catullus, Horace, and Ovid are presented first in slightly modified form with notes. The aim is to provide guideposts to the ultimate goal of reading the authentic Latin verse, now as review. This edition alternates learning to read the poems with grammar and syntax review to help students negotiate the sometimes challenging path between beginning and intermediate Latin.

Features of this edition:
• Selections from 6 poems of Catullus (51, 43, 86, 5, 70, 8), 3 poems of Horace (Odes I.23, III.9, III.26), and 2 poems of Ovid (Amores 1.5 and 1.9), first modified, then in authentic Latin
• Opposite-page Vocabulary and Reading Helps
• Questions on Analysis and Comprehension of the Latin Text, and on Literary Analysis and Discussion
• 13 Rapid Reviews with exercises on key points of grammar and syntax
• 2 Major Reviews with drills on infinitives and participles
• Final Unit Review encourages re-reading of all poems in unmodified form, with notes on Textual Matters and Points to Ponder
• 4 Appendices on
▪ Timelines for the 3 poets
▪ Poetic Devices/Literary Terms
▪ Metrics
▪ Latin Grammar and Syntax
• Bibliography
• Glossary of Proper Names
• Full Latin-English Vocabulary

John Breuker recently retired after teaching for forty-five years at the secondary and college/university levels. He spent the bulk of his career at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. He is the author of Study Notes for Vergil’s Aeneid (Oxford, OH, 2000) and “The Public and Private Aeneas: Observations on Complex Responsibility,” in W. Anderson and L. Quartarone, eds., Approaches to Teaching Vergil’s Aeneid (New York, 2002). A recipient of several awards and honors, Breuker has presented numerous papers on pedagogical and Vergilian topics at state, regional, and national professional meetings. In retirement he is teaching part-time, and remains passionate about making the classics live for young people.

Mardah B. C. Weinfield
has taught Latin at the secondary level for ten years. A 1999 recipient of the Illinois State Board of Education “Those Who Excel” Award, she has also presented papers on pedagogical and Roman topics at a variety of state professional conferences. Although her current focus is primarily on raising her young boys, Weinfield continues to mentor area teachers and to tutor students. Most recently, she has translated four children’s books into Latin (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2002–2003).

x + 124 pp. (2006) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-601-3

Click here to see A Little Book of Latin Love Poetry: A Transitional Reader for Catullus, Horace, and Ovid at our website.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

a.d. V Id. Nov.

Facta, non verba.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

a.d. VI Id. Nov.

Verba movent, exempla trahunt.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

a.d. VII Id. Nov.

This day in history:
63 BCE – Cicero delivers his first oration against Cataline.

Monday, November 06, 2006

a.d. VIII Id. Nov.

Omnes una manet nox.
–Q. Horatius Flaccus

Friday, November 03, 2006

a.d.III Non. Nov.

Silent…leges inter arma.
–M. Tullius Cicero

Thursday, November 02, 2006

a.d. IV Non. Nov.

Carmina non dant panem.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bradley's Arnold available in hardbound edition

Bradley's Arnold Latin Prose Composition
Thomas K. Arnold, revised by G.G. Bradley & J.F. Mountford
Donald Sprague, editor

HARDBOUND Edition NOW available (October 31, 2006)

A newly revised and typeset edition of one of the most popular textbooks used for review of grammar and for writing Latin composition. The gold standard in Latin composition, used by thousands, for good reasons: Bradley’s Arnold covers the elements of Latin grammar and syntax methodically, from the basic to the complex, and teaches students how to put them together to write accurately in Latin. Plenty of examples and exercises, passages for translation, English-to-Latin vocabulary, indices. Now updated with grammatical terminology more in use today. Completely retypeset, with clear, easy-on-the-eyes fonts and format.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

pridie Kal. Nov.

Interdum audaces efficit ipse timor.

Monday, October 30, 2006

a.d. III Kal. Nov.

Non redit unda fluens; non redit hora ruens.

Friday, October 27, 2006

a.d. VI Kal. Nov.

Vulpes non capitur muneribus.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

a.d. VII Kal. Nov.

De minimis non curat lex.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

a.d. VIII Kal. Nov.

Iuppiter in caelis, Caesar regit omnia terris.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

a.d. IX Kal. Nov.

Labor omnia vincit.
–P. Vergilius Maro

Monday, October 23, 2006

a.d. X Kal. Nov.

Vulgus ex veritate pauca, ex opinione multa aestimat.
–M. Tullius Cicero

Friday, October 20, 2006

a.d. XIII Kal. Nov.

Latrantem curatne alta Diana canem?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

a.d. XIV Kal. Nov.

Deo volente

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

a.d. XV Kal. Nov.

Bonos corrumpunt mores congressus mali.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

a.d. XVI Kal. Nov.

Lege dura vivunt mulieres.
–T. Maccius Plautus

Monday, October 16, 2006

Mark your calendars

Texas Classical Association:
TCA will be meeting November 10–11, 2006 in Austin, TX.

Click here for more information.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Author appearance

The Classical Association of Virginia (CAV) is hosting a weekend workshop:

The Transition to Literature
in the Latin Classroom
in Richmond, Friday evening, October 27
through Sunday morning October 29.

One of our authors, Rose Williams (Cicero the Patriot, Vergil for Beginners) will be there as a presenter.

The seminar will address the shifting of literature from Latin 5-6 classes to Latin 4 in preparation for external testing and credit (AP and IB). There will be four speakers/facilitators who will demonstrate what teachers at each of the first four levels of Latin can do to prepare all students to read real Latin literature. We will cover topics such as meter, poetic devices, rhetorical devices, reading strategies and more. There will be four main sessions, each devoted to what goes on in a given year of Latin in different textbooks. Participants will be required to research the appearance and treatment of specific topics in the textbooks which they use. Each speaker will make a presentation for about an hour and then the teachers will be divided into three groups led by the other speakers to address assigned problems. Each session will end with group reports. In the final session all four speakers will provide summations and assign projects to be completed later and shared with the group by email. An effort will be made to publish the outcomes in the Forum section of the Classical Journal.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

a.d. IV Id. Oct.

Artes, scientia, veritas.
–Motto of the University of Michigan

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

a.d. V Id. Oct.

In pace leones, in proelio cervi.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Excerpt from The Latin Lady

by Dawn LaFon

Dexter was riding his bike down the block and waved politely when Gladys Louise sang out, “Hi there” but made sure to be going really, really fast so that he wouldn’t have to talk. But he had to admit to himself that knowing her had actually come in handy. The teacher had asked if anyone knew any Latin and he had reluctantly said that he knew that the word rex meant “king.” He didn’t tell the class that it was his crazy neighbor’s dog’s name. Everyone decided that the new kid must be smart if he knew some Latin and when it came time for group work, he was eagerly welcomed.

When Dexter got home, he found his mom cooking again. She sure was cooking a lot now that she was home all day. Then there was a knock on the door.

“Well, hello there!” It was Miss Tucker and this time there was no place to get away quickly.

“Hello, Miss Tucker,” said Dexter’s father.

“Remember it’s Gladys Louise! I’d like to hire Dexter.”

Everyone but Dexter was smiling at this remark.

“You see my nephew comes to visit about twice a year. He was here about six weeks ago and he bought me a computer and hooked it up and then got me an e-mail account—whatever that is. He wants me to write about my days as a schoolteacher and says that he’s not going to call again until I send him an e-mail. I was thinking that the word ‘computer’ really means ‘thinking together’ and since young people are the only ones who know how to work these things, Dexter, I was hoping that we could think together and you would help me learn how to work this thing. I’ll be happy to pay you.”

“No, Gladys Louise, neighbors help each other. You don’t have to pay him,” said his Dad.

“No, he has a skill that I need and people should be paid for sharing their expertise. Dexter, could you come on over while I’m in the mood to tackle this hydra?”

Dexter didn’t know what a hydra was but was already beginning to realize that anything that he didn’t know had something to do with Latin and he would quickly get an explanation.

“You see one of Hercules’ labors was to kill the hydra. It was a snake with seven heads. Every time he cut one off, two grew back in its place. Every time I do one thing with this computer, two more things pop up! So see you in about an hour?”

“Yes, ma’am.” He was so not looking forward to this.

In an hour, with his face set just like when his grandmother had insisted that he try a dose of castor oil, he went across the street to Gladys Louise’s house. Before he could knock on the door, Gladys Louise had opened it.

“Come on in, magister! Magister is Latin for ‘teacher’ and that’s just what you are!”

The only thing that looked remotely new in her house was the computer set up on a sturdy green vinyl card table and Rex’s dog bed. A calico cat was stretched out on an old afghan on top of the plastic that covered a yellow brocade couch. She jumped down and rubbed against his leg. He petted her and grinned at how loudly she purred.

“Well, Prissy sure has turned on her purr box for you! She doesn’t just do that for just anyone! Thank you so much for coming to help me. So, what do we do first?”

“Well, we need to turn it on.” Dexter pushed the on switch and the computer started humming. Prissy jumped up on the table and tried to walk across the keyboard and Rex settled down at his feet. Gladys Louise sat beside him with a small yellow legal pad and a pencil. “Now, tell me everything and I’ll write it down so that I can remember it for the test.” Dexter looked at her. “Oh, all good teachers give tests and I want you to quiz me just not today! Now what’s that thing that you are moving around?”

“It’s a mouse,” said Dexter.

“A mouse! No wonder Prissy likes being up here!” said Gladys Louise. “I’ll tell you something interesting about the word ‘mouse.’” Dexter tried not to groan. “The word for ‘mouse’ in Latin is mus. Muscles are called ‘muscles’ because when people saw a muscle with blood still running through it in an exposed wound, they thought that the muscles looked like little mice.”

Dexter got on line and then told Gladys Louise to type in her password. She had to think about it but she typed it in real fast. She had several messages from her nephew and one with pictures attached. Dexter opened them for her and she squealed with delight at her twin great nephews sitting on the baby blankets that she had knitted for them! Aren’t those babies cute!” It had already been an hour and Dexter was ready to go home. Gladys Louise looked at the clock and said, “Well, tempus fugit! Time does fly! Thank you so much, Dexter. If you’ve got some time tomorrow, would you come again?”

He agreed to do that and petted Rex and Prissy. “Is Prissy a Latin name too?” He could not believe that he asked that question but it really was interesting to know about these words.

“Oh, yes, Prissy is short for Priscilla which means old fashioned. This Prissy looks just like the calico cat that I had when I was a girl.” Gladys Louise held the door open for him and Dexter walked back toward his own house.

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Mark your calendars!

Classical Association of the Middle West and South–Southern Section:
CAMWS–SS will meet from November 2–4, 2006 in Memphis, TN.

Click here for more information about this conference.

Friday, October 06, 2006

pridie Non. Oct.

Ratio omnia vincit.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

a.d. III Non. Oct.

Leges…bonae ex malis moribus procreantur.
–Ambrosisus Theodosius Macrobius

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

a.d. IV Non. Oct.

Moribus antiquis res stat Romana virisque.
–Q. Ennius

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

a.d. V Non. Oct.

Labores pariunt honores.

Monday, October 02, 2006

a.d. VI Non. Oct.

Aequat omnes cinis.
–L. Annaeus Seneca

Friday, September 29, 2006

a.d. III Kal. Oct.

Dominus vobiscum et cum spiritu tuo.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

a.d. V Kal. Oct.

Ignis aurum probat, miseria fortes viros

Monday, September 25, 2006

Mark your calendars!

CAES Annual Institute
2006 Institute: October 19 – 21 2006. CAES welcomes all Latin teachers to beautiful and scenic Saratoga Springs for our annual Institute. This year CAES is offering a variety of workshops from teaching strategies to Roman foods. All participants will leave the Institute with exciting ideas to implement into their lesson plans; workshops will be offered covering curriculum in Checkpoints A, B and C. Detailed descriptions will be provided in the brochure which you will receive upon arrival at the Institute and on the website.

Our key-note address will be delivered by Michael Cassin, the Director of Education at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA. His presentation will focus on art and well known classical writers and poets; slides will accompany his address.

The Plenary Session will feature a collection of DVDs on Dick and Joanne Gascoyne’s trip to Malta and Sardinia. These retired Latin teachers have much to share with us.

For more information, click here for the CAES website.

Friday, September 22, 2006

a.d. X Kal. Oct.

Ubi mel, ibi apes.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

a.d. XI Kal. Oct.

Una dies aperit, conficit una dies.
–Decimus Magnus Ausonius

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Bolchazy-Carducci Author Appearance

West Texas Book and Author Festival
Abilene Civic Center September 19-23

Special recognition is given to local authors who have published a book in the last year. There are events every day, culminating with a Hall of Texas Authors all day Saturday, September 23 at which over 100 authors from near and far have display tables to show, autograph and sell their books.

Meet Rose Williams, author of Cicero: The Patriot, The Labors of Aeneas and Vergil for Beginners.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader

Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader
by Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr. & Sean Smith

The Legamus Transitional Readers are innovative texts that form a bridge between the initial study of Latin via basal textbooks and the reading of authentic author texts. This series of texts is being developed by a special committee of high school and college teachers to facilitate this challenging transition.

Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader introduces students to eighteen Catullus poems. Introductory materials includes an overview of the life and work of Catullus, bibliography, and description of Catullan meters. Appendices on grammar and figures of speech, and a pull-out vocabulary complete the book’s innovative features. After finishing Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader, students will be prepared to undertake a more complete study of Catullus as an AP* or college level course.

• 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 Catullus’ style and reflection on what has been read
• pull-out vocabulary of Latin words not annotated
• second version of Latin text without transitional aids, but with notes

The well-designed and thoughtful features of Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader will allow students a smooth entry into reading, understanding, and appreciating the poems of Catullus.

Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr. is professor of Classics and former Director of the MAT Program at University of Massachusetts. He has won several teaching awards, is the author or co-author of 5 books, and 47 articles, is co-editor of the Legamus series, and has presented over 100 scholarly talks. He has been active in promoting the study of Classics for such groups as the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, where he served as President, and the American Philological Association, as Vice-President for Education, and as the President of The American Classical League.

Sean Smith been teaching Latin from novice to AP* at Amherst Regional Middle and High School in Massachusetts since 1984. He has served on the College Board's Latin SAT development committee, and is a consultant for AP* Latin.

xxx + 162 pp. (2006) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-634-X

Click here to see Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader at our website.

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board,
which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Mark your calendars!

Florida Foreign Lanugage Association:
The Florida Foreign Language Association (FFLA) will be meeting in Sarasota, FL from October 12-14, 2006.

Click here for more information about the conference.

Friday, September 15, 2006

a.d. XVII Kal. Oct.

Per undas et ignes fluctuat nec mergitur.
–Motto of Paris

Thursday, September 14, 2006

a.d. XVIII Kal. Oct.

Natura in operationibus suis non facit saltum.
–Carl von Linne

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Id. Sept.

Litterae non dant panem.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Excerpt from The Latin Lady

by Dawn LaFon

Dexter hated his new house and absolutely knew he would hate his new school. As his father drove the car into the driveway, he did have to admit that the front porch with the Corinthian columns was really impressive even though the columns hadn’t been painted in about twenty years.

“As soon as the weather gets warm, we’re going to put a swing on this porch. It’ll be fun to sit out here, won’t it son?” Dexter grunted which was his main form of communication these days. His father looked sad and turned to open the car door saying, “Dexter, I’m sorry. I know that it’s hard for you to move right now but things will be so much . . .”

Dexter looked up at his father’s astonished face and couldn’t believe his eyes either. Running up to their car was the largest black dog and the tiniest old lady who was barely taller than the dog.

“I’m Gladys Louise Tucker, your neighbor across the street. Welcome to Crescent Road!”

“Thank you, Miss Tucker. I’m Harry Rye and this is my son, Dexter. We are very, very happy to be here.

“Dexter, did you say that your name is Dexter, young man?” Oh Lord, not only did he have to move but he had to move in across the street from a crazy old woman who was going to make him talk to her.

“Yes ma’am.” Why was it a rule that you always had to be polite to old people?

“Well, you could not have a finer name! It’s Latin! Did you know that? You and my dog Rex have something in common because he has a Latin name too. Rex means “king” and he’s sure treated like one. Aren’t you, boy?”

The dog never took his adoring eyes off of Gladys Louise.

“Oh, we told him that Dexter is Latin for right or right-handed,” began his Dad as he petted Rex and the dog wagged his tail.

“Oh yes, but it means so much more than that! It also means skillful, handy, and lucky and when the Romans shook their right hands, it was a pledge of faith that they would honor their word and do what they said. I’ve never met anyone named Dexter before and now I have someone living right across the street with such a wonderful name. “

“Thank you, Miss Tucker.”

“Call me Gladys Louise. Everyone does.”

His Dad was edging toward the front door. Hopefully he realized that this woman was crazy too. “Well, Gladys Louise, we’re very pleased to be on Crescent Street.”

“That’s Latin, too! “Crescent” comes from cresco, crescere that means “to spring up, grow and prosper. “

“Well good, because we plan to grow and prosper here,” said his Dad.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Mark your calendar!

CAAS Annual Meeting:
2006 Meeting: October 5 - 7, 2006. The Fall 2006 meeting will be held at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Maryland (link opens in new window). We encourage all members to plan ahead for this meeting; use this printable registration form (Acrobat file, new window). Note that the hotel deadline for the special convention rate is September 7, but we encourage you to register as early as possible because the hotel is very busy at that time. Check out the preliminary Program, which promises to be as exciting and rewarding as our 2005 meeting. NB for Exhibitors: A printable Exhibitor's Form is now available (Acrobat file, new window).

For more information, click here for the CAAS website.

Illinois Classical Conference:

2006 Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Illinois Classical Conference will be held 6-8 October in Springfield, Illinois. Most of the sessions will take place at the State House Inn where a block of sleeping rooms has been reserved for members. The luncheon on Saturday will take place at the historic Moldaner’s restaurant and the banquet that night at Sebastian’s Hideout.

For more information, click here for the Illinois Classical Conference website.

a.d. III Id. Sept.

Princeps iniustus servos habet et vitiosos.

Friday, September 08, 2006

a.d. VI Id. Sept.

Certo veniunt ordine Parcae.
–L. Annaeus Seneca

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

a.d. VIII Id. Sept.

Superbus et avarus numquam quiescunt.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Milan Rúfus: And That's the Truth

Milan Rúfus: And That's the Truth
Milan Rufus, poems selected and edited by Milan Richter, illustrated by Koloman Sokol, translated by Ewald Osers, Viera and James Sutherland-Smith

First English Edition of Milan Rúfus
A Candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature

This English-Slovak edition contains sixty-two poems of Milan Rúfus.
The ten illustrations come from the Slovak-American artist Koloman Sokol.

AUTHOR: Milan Rúfus
The Slovak poet Milan Rúfus is the most translated Slovak poet into foreign languages. • His selected poems have been published in Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Belorussian, Georgian, Lithuanian, Italian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Spanish, German, Bulgarian, Russian, Romanian, Macedonian, French, Norwegian, and now also in English • Recipient of many highest awards, Rúfus has been a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year since 1991. • Milan Rúfus, who had passively opposed the Communist regime by raising the themes of human values, God, Christian morality, human destiny, and homeland as space for man’s creativity, labor and victory over a bitter fate, became a kind of a national conscience for Slovakia and its people.

ILLUSTRATOR: Koloman Sokol
A leading personality of twentieth century art, Koloman Sokol is one of those few artists born in Slovakia whose art has reached beyond his country’s borders. Sokol’s wide-ranging artistic agenda originated in his unceasing powerful inner energy devoted to the oppressed and the humiliated. Having lived most of his adult life in the United States, Sokol died in 2003 at the age of 100.

Rúfus’ spirit is Slavic. His values come from a synthesis of the West and the East.

xiv + 146 pp. (2006) Hardbound, ISBN 0-86516-649-8

Click here to see Milan Rúfus: And That's the Truth at our website.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

pridie Kal. Sept.

Lex universa est quae iubet nasci et mori.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Cicero: De Amicitia Selections

Cicero: De Amicitia Selections
Patsy Rodden Ricks & Sheila K. Dickison

In de Amicitia Cicero gives insights on the relationship between two historical persons, Laelius sapiens and Scipio Aemilianus, as well as on the meaning of true friendship. He bases his positions on readings in Greek philosophy as well as on his own personal relationships. His writing is thought-provoking and his reasoning at times seems startlingly modern.

The two passages in this edition were chosen for the Advanced Placement Cicero syllabus and are also appropriate as a high school or college-level introduction to Cicero’s essays.

Features of this edition include:
• Introduction to Cicero and the historical setting of de Amicitia
• Latin text of selected passages: V.17–VII.23 and XXVII.100b–104
• English summary of all other passages in de Amicitia
• Grammatical, literary, historical, and vocabulary notes on facing pages
• Glossary of Figures of Speech
• Bibliography
• Full Vocabulary

Patsy Rodden Ricks has spent a lifetime teaching Latin at both the secondary and college level. She has studied and traveled extensively in Italy, and she frequently leads academic tours. She also teaches courses on Italy and wines.

Sheila K. Dickison is an associate provost and director of the University Honors Program at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a member of the Classics Department. In the past she has had extensive experience with the Advanced Placement Latin program, including serving as Chief Reader of the Latin exams. She is author of Cicero’s Verrine Oration II.4 (1992) in the Wayne State University Press Pedagogy series.

Student Edition: x + 73 pp. (2006) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-630-9
Teacher's Manual: vi + 32 (2006) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-641-2

Click here to see Cicero: De Amicitia Selections at our website.

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse this product.

Monday, August 28, 2006

A Horace Workbook, Teacher's Manual

A Horace Workbook, Teacher's Manual
David J. Murphy & Ronnie Ancona

To teach Horace’s intricate, multifaceted poetry is a challenging but rewarding task. A Horace Workbook Teacher’s Manual, the complement to A Horace Workbook, has been designed and written by teachers to aid teachers in this endeavor. No mere answer key, this all-in-one Teacher’s Manual includes the complete student workbook and provides answers directly following each question. The Manual is an excellent resource for every teacher of Horace from novice to master.

• Lessons focus on the Advanced Placement selections from Horace’s Odes and Satire I.9
• Essay grading rubrics based on the Advanced Placement model
• Comprehensive, customized grading guidelines for each essay
• Two appendices with sample student essays and scoring guidelines
• Rubrics for scoring translation exercises
• Complete answers to exercises that provide a supply of the types of questions commonly found on the Advanced Placement Examinations such as:

▪ Multiple choice questions ▪ Essays ▪ Short analysis questions on matters of literary interpretation, historical allusions,
and figurative language ▪ Translation ▪ Scansion

• Three review tests modeled on the exercises provided for each poem

David Murphy earned his PhD in Classics from Columbia University. Since 1982 he has been teaching Latin and Greek at the secondary school level, including courses that prepare students for both the Vergil and the Latin Literature AP* exams. He served as an AP* reader for eight years, the last as a table leader, and was trained to give AP* workshops for teachers. He has taught Classics since 1993 at The Nightingale-Bamford School where he is now Head of the Upper School. He has given papers at meetings of the American Philological Association, the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, and other conferences and has published on paleography, textual criticism, and ancient philosophy. Publications include “The Basis of The Text of Plato’s Charmides” in Mnemosyne 55, 2002, and “Doctors of Zalmoxis and Immortality in the Charmides” in Proceedings of the V Symposium Platonicum (2000), and A Horace Workbook (2005, co-authored).

Ronnie Ancona is the author of Time and the Erotic in Horace’s Odes (1994), Writing Passion: A Catullus Reader (2004), Horace: Selected Odes and Satire 1.9 (1999, 2nd edition, 2005), co-editor of Gendered Dynamics in Latin Love Poetry (2005), co-author of A Horace Workbook (2005), and editor of Latin Scholarship/Latin Pedagogy (forthcoming). Her research interests include Latin lyric poetry, women in Greece and Rome, and Latin pedagogy. She is currently Professor of Classics at Hunter College and The Graduate Center (CUNY), and Director of Hunter’s MA in the Teaching of Latin. She has been an AP* Latin Exam Reader and has conducted College Board AP* Latin workshops for teachers.

Teacher's Manual: xvi + 272 pp. (2006) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-649-8

Click here to see A Horace Workbook, Teacher's Manual at our website.

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse this product.

a.d. V Kal. Sept.

Nil prodest oculus a quo res nulla videtur.

Friday, August 25, 2006

a.d. VIII Kal. Sept.

Quisquis habet nummos secura navigat aura.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

a.d. IX Kal. Sept.

Magna est… vis humanitatis.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

a.d. X Kal. Sept.

Multi committunt eadem diverso crimina fato; ille crucem sceleris pretium tulit, hic diadema.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

a.d. XI Kal. Sept.

Temeritas sub titulo fortitudinis latet.

Monday, August 21, 2006

a.d. XII Kal. Sept.

Mali principii malus finis.

Friday, August 18, 2006

a.d. XV Kal. Sept.

"Litore quot conchae, tot sunt in amore dolores."

Thursday, August 17, 2006

New books in stock!

Cicero: Pro Archia Poeta Oratio, 2nd ed.
Steven M. Cerutti

Cicero’s Pro Archia Poeta Oratio
is one of the best defenses of literature and the humanities. Cerutti’s edition provides a comprehensive treatment of grammatical issues with a keen analysis of the rhetorical devices Cicero wove into the fabric of the oration.
This edition combines the Latin text, running vocabulary and commentary, a brief bibliography, glossary of proper names and places, glossary of terms, and general vocabulary to make it anexcellent edition for the AP* and college Latin classroom.


This edition provides a comprehensive treatment of grammatical issues with a keen analysis of the rhetorical devices Cicero wove into the fabric of the oration. Its features include:

  • Full Latin text of the speech
  • Grammatical, literary, and historical notes beneath the text
  • Running vocabulary on pages facing the text
  • Glossary of Proper Names and Places
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Full Vocabulary
The new Cicero's Pro Archia Poeta Oratio Teacher’s Guide by Linda A. Fabrizio is designed to meet the needs of the busy AP* teacher. It includes the oration in large print suitable for photocopying, a literal translation of the oration, a select bibliography, and a set of assessments with sample answers.

Student Edition: xxviii + 132 pp. (2006) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-642-0
Teacher's Manual: (2006) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-616-1

Click here to see Cicero: Pro Archia Poeta Oratio, 2nd ed. at our website.

A Catullus Workbook
Helena Dettmer and LeaAnn A. Osburn, with a glossary by Ronnie Ancona

The intricacy and elegance of Catullus’ poetry and its subject matter, especially the love poems, have long fascinated both high school and college Latin students.

A Catullus Workbook has been carefully constructed by experienced teachers to help students improve their Latin comprehension skills and maximize their understanding of Catullus’ poetry.

The format of the exercises in the workbook will help students become comfortable with the types of questions frequently found on the AP* Latin Literature Examinations.

• The complete Latin text of all the selections on the AP* Catullus syllabus
• Short answer questions that address the underlying grammatical and syntactical structures of each poem
• Multiple choice questions on grammar, syntax, figures of speech, content, etc.
• Passages for scansion and translation
• Short and long essay questions
• Four review chapters including essays that require comparative analysis of the poems
• A comprehensive Latin to English glossary by Ronnie Ancona

Helena Dettmer is Professor of Classics and Associate Dean at the University of Iowa. She is author of Love by the Numbers: Form and Meaning in the Poetry of Catullus (1997) and Horace: A Study in Structure (1983) and coauthor of A Workbook for Ayers’ ENGLISH WORDS FROM LATIN AND GREEK ELEMENTS (1986, 2nd edition, 1990, 2nd edition revised, 2005). Currently, she is working on a book entitled Love and Its Complexities: Design and Meaning in Ovid’s Amores. She has served as coeditor of Syllecta Classica and has written numerous articles and papers on Catullus and the Latin elegiac poets. She has served as president of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. She holds a BA in Classics from Indiana University and a PhD in Classics from the University of Michigan.

LeaAnn A. Osburn is recently retired from Barrington High School where she taught Latin including the AP* Catullus/Horace and AP* Vergil syllabi for many years. Recognized for outstanding teaching by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South and as Latin Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Classical Conference, she is a regular presenter on Latin pedagogy at conferences across the country. She has also served as an instructor at Loyola University Chicago and Northern Illinois University. As an editor for Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, she is a key member of the editorial team and oversees the development of high school materials especially. She is coauthor of Vergil: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader (2004). She earned a BA in Classics from Monmouth College and an MA in Classics from Loyola University Chicago where she undertook doctoral studies.

Student Edition: xxii + 243 pp. (2006) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-623-4
Teacher's Manual: (2006) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-624-2

Click here to see A Catullus Workbook at our website.

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse this product.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

2006 NEW Titles

A Horace Workbook
David Murphy and Ronnie Ancona

A Horace Workbook,
written to offer students additional practice with the poems on the AP* syllabus. The Latin text (twenty odes and one satire) that is required reading for the AP Latin Literature Exam is included along with exercises that will help students practice for the AP examination on Horace.
A separate teacher's guide will also be available.

- The Latin text that coordinates with the text from Ancona's Horace: Odes and Satire I.9
- Short Answer questions on the grammar and syntax of each poem
- Multiple Choice questions on textual comprehension and literary analysis
- Translation of selected lines from each poem
- Short analysis questions of the type found on the Horace AP examination
- An appendix of multiple choice questions on previously unseen passages
- Complete vocabulary

Student Text: xii + 204 pp. (2005) Paperback workbook, ISBN 0-86516-574-2
Teacher's Guide: (2006 forthcoming) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-649-8

Ancient Epic Poetry
Charles Rowan Beye

Charles Rowan Beye’s critcially acclaimed interpretive introduction to the epic poetry and poets of Ancient Greece, Rome, and Assyria is here reprinted in an expanded second edition with a new preface, new chapter on Gilgamesh, and an Appendix of Further Reading 1993–2005.

For centuries the beginnings of the literary history of the West were defined by the Hebrew Bible—what most people call the Old Testament—and Homer’s epic poems, the Iliad and Odyssey. These texts were once naively imagined to have come about in splendid isolation either as a miracle of divine creation or the spontaneous combustion of the “Greek genius.” The mighty stream of words down over the millennia to our own time are so many generations of offspring still somehow beholden to their initial begetters. Thus do we construe Western Literature.

– from Chapter 8: Gilgamesh

x + 318 pp (2006, expanded reprint of 1993 Cornell University edition) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-607-2
Bradley's Arnold Latin Prose Composition
Thomas K. Arnold, revised by G.G. Bradley & J.F. Mountford
Donald Sprague, editor
A newly revised and typeset edition of one of the most popular textbooks used for review of grammar and for writing Latin composition.
The gold standard in Latin composition, used by thousands, for good reasons: Bradley’s Arnold
covers the elements of Latin grammar and syntax methodically, from the basic to the complex, and teaches students how to put them together to write accurately in Latin. Plenty of examples and exercises, passages for translation, English-to-Latin vocabulary, indices. Now updated with grammatical terminology more in use today. Completely retypeset, with clear, easy-on-the-eyes fonts and format.

Bradley’s Arnold is a comprehensive review of Latin grammar in the service of Latin prose composition.
· Redesigned format with updated terminology
· Latin grammar explained precisely and thoroughly
· Each lesson has exercises for practice
· Graduated lessons from the fairly simple to the increasingly complex and lengthy
· Supplemental continuous prose passages test full mastery
· English-to-Latin vocabulary
· Latin index and subject index

452 pp. (2006) Paperback, ISBN 0-86516-595-5