Saturday, June 30, 2007

ACL, Day 2: Sold Out

The second day of ACL was a watershed for sales at the BC booth. As soon as our replacement stock of books arrived, they were sold, especially Looking at Latin and Catullus Love Poems (workbook AND teacher's manual). CD sales are anticipated to be brisk today in the wake of last night's performance by Sound Inventions, with Old MacDonald (MacDonald Rustica) bringing down the house. The President's reception that followed was well-attended by BC authors, staff, and, er, groupies, spilling into Saturday with an impromptu trip to 5th and Broadway in Nashville, the heart of the live music district. We talked classroom tech between doing the Texas Two-Step and have some new ideas on bringing Classics into the new millennium.

More tomorrow.


Friday, June 29, 2007

The news from ACL, Day 1

Our first day at ACL was frenetic as conference delegates swarmed the book area like it was the day before Christmas and Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers had the last Cabbage Patch dolls in North America. This time we had a triple dose of newly published goodness with Classical Mythology and More, To be a Roman, and the Catullus Workbook, the latter two selling out (more to arrive today). Over 20 BC authors are here and are signing books for everyone.

The opening gala, the so-called "Party at the Parthenon", was a smash as hundreds of delegates crammed into Nashville's Parthenon under the bemused gaze of a life-size Athena Parthenos statue, gilt in 24k gold. Lou, Marie, and I got the chance to catch up with friends and authors (also friends!) and to mix with readers and members of eClassics. Anna Andresian was the hit of the evening when she brought out the world-famous world traveler "Mini Miss" (her action figure) for photo ops.

More later on Day 2 of ACL.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Catullus book cover art featured at the Met!

Fans of both Ronnie Ancona's book, Writing Passion: A Catullus Reader, and Picasso can satisfy their itch for both by visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art's web site where Picasso's painting is today's featured image. The cover image, Girl Reading at a Table, was painted by Picasso in 1934 and is described by the Met as "a poem by a man in love". Sound familiar, Catullus readers?

Classical Mythology & More

Classical Mythology & More
A Reader Workbook

This unparalleled resource is designed as an introduction to classical mythology for middle- and high-school students in Latin, English, and Language Arts. It is an indispensable tool for students preparing for the ACL Medusa Myth Exam; the ACL National Mythology Exam; and national, state, and local Certamen competitions. Mythology’s enduring influence in literature and the arts makes this reader workbook a one-stop reference that will enhance both secondary-school and homeschooling libraries.

  • fresh retellings of favorite myths, based on original Latin and ancient Greek sources
  • 5 maps; numerous illustrations show myth’s influence on art, science, popular culture
  • sidebar summaries orient and engage the reader
  • varied exercises check content, teach derivatives, encourage reflection
  • deities chart for major gods and goddesses; 23 genealogical charts
  • glossary of names with pronunciation guide
  • bibliography and index

A Teacher’s Guide is available separately.

Marianthe Colakis holds a PhD in Classics from Yale University. She has taught at Trinity College (Hartford), Queens College, Brooklyn College, and Davidson College. Much of her scholarly work has involved modern adaptations of classical myths and tragedies; her first book was The Classics in the American Theater of the 1960’s and Early 1970’s (1993). In recent years, she has turned her efforts toward development of pedagogical materials. Her book Excelability in Advanced Latin (2003) has been used successfully by Latin teachers across the USA.

Mary Joan Masello is an experienced elementary, middle-, and high-school teacher who currently teaches at Baker Demonstration School in Wilmette, Illinois. In addition to classical mythology, her interests lie in Latin pedagogy, instructional design, multiple intelligences theory applications, religious studies, and classical art and archaeology.

xii + 459 pp. (2007) Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86516-573-1

Click here to see Classical Mythology & More: A Reader Workbook at our website.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

An Ovid Workbook Teacher's Manual

An Ovid Workbook
Teacher's Manual

Two master classroom teachers have carefully constructed An Ovid Workbook Teacher’s Manual to assist teachers as they build students’ confidence in comprehending Ovid’s poetry and in preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination. A complement to An Ovid Workbook, this all-in-one Teacher’s Manual contains the complete student workbook, including the Latin text, and provides answers following each question. The Manual is a valued resource for every teacher of Ovid, from novice to master.

• Lessons focus on the Advanced Placement selections from Ovid’s Amores and
• Comprehensive, customized grading guidelines for each essay based on the Advanced Placement model
• Rubrics for scoring translation exercises based on the AP* word grouping system
• Answers to questions that address the underlying grammatical and syntactical
structures of each passage
•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
• Answers to three practice exams that each feature an essay comparing two poems

Charbra Adams Jestin has taught Romance Languages at the high school level for thirty years. Over the past twenty years she has focused on the teaching of Latin at varied levels, including AP* Latin Literature and AP* Vergil. This experience led her to publish, in conjunction with Phyllis B. Katz, Ovid: Amores Metamorphoses Selections (1998, 2nd edition, 2003), a reading text designed to provide students with the tools necessary for reading Ovid successfully. She has contributed an article to the AP* Central website “Translation in the AP Latin Classroom: A Targeted Approach.” She holds a Master of Arts degree in Classics from Wesleyan University and teaches at Avon High School in Avon, Connecticut.

Phyllis B. Katz is the coauthor of Ovid: Amores Metamorphoses Selections (1998, 2nd edition, 2003). Other publications include “Ovid’s Last World,” Classical and Modern Literature, 1992; “Shifting Ground: The Metamorphoses of Ovid’s Tiresias in Christine de Pisan’s Le Livre de la Mutacion de Fortune and T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land,” forthcoming in Classical and Modern Literature; and “Educating Paula: A Proposed Curriculum for Raising a Fourth Century Christian Infant,” forthcoming in Hesperia. She is a Senior Lecturer in Classics at Dartmouth College, and teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies programs there. Research interests include women in Greece and Rome, and images of women on Corinthian pottery. She served on the Classical Association of Connecticut’s Committee to Establish Goals for Statewide Latin Proficiency and on the New Hampshire Board of Education’s Latin Certification Committee.

*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.

xii + 170 pp. (2007) Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86516-626-4

Click here to see An Ovid Workbook Teacher's Manual at our website.

Monday, June 25, 2007

a.d. VII Kal. Iul.

Sol omnibus lucet.

Locus: Satyricon, 100

Thursday, June 21, 2007

To Be a Roman

To Be a Roman
Topics in Roman Culture

To Be a Roman provides a clearly written account of major topics about daily life in ancient Rome in workbook format. Each topic is followed by traditional and creative exercises. Written with the needs of students and teachers in mind, To Be a Roman can be used independently or serve as a fitting complement to any Latin textbook. This workbook presents seventeen logically arranged topics in as many chapters, followed by two review chapters and a final chapter that offers an abundant supply of references to bibliographic and audio-visual material.

The topics presented in To Be a Roman include: Roman society, the family, religious rituals, the Roman house, domestic life, education, urban life, rural life, occupations, and more. Although the topics are coherently arranged and intended to flow smoothly from one to the next, each chapter is a clearly defined unit that can be read independently or used to harmonize and enhance cultural topics presented in a Latin textbook. Students and teachers alike will enjoy the copious illustrations and the varied types of exercises that accompany the chapters.

  • seventeen chapters, each treating a specific topic in Roman culture
  • two review chapters
  • abundant bibliographical resources, including reference books, films, websites, historical fiction, and more
  • over 80 chapter-specific illustrations
  • a wide variety of exercises that include:
- objective exercises such as matching, multiple-choice, and true/false
- short answer questions
- discussion questions
- large and small group activities
- suggestions for creative projects

Margaret A. Brucia earned her MA and PhD in Classics from Fordham University. She has taught courses in Latin and classical antiquity for over thirty years to students in middle school, high school, and college. For more than ten years she has conducted workshops in Rome for Latin teachers. Currently a member of the Classics Department at Temple University, Rome Campus, she serves as the chair of the Subject Area Test in Latin for The College Board.

Gregory N. Daugherty earned his bachelor’s degree in Latin from the University of Richmond, and his MA and PhD in Classical Studies from Vanderbilt University. At Randolph-Macon College since 1976, he has taught classes on ancient Greek and Latin language and literature, ancient history, ancient warfare, Roman Britain, religion, and daily life. His research interests have been centered on public safety in the ancient city and the reception of Classics (especially Cleopatra and Homer) by American popular culture.

viii + 160 pp. (2007) Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86516-633-1

Click here to see To Be a Roman at our website.

a.d. XI Kal. Iul.

Saepe subit poenas, ori qui non dat habenas.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

a.d. XII Kal. Iul.

Invidus omnis abest, si prosperitas tibi non est.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

a.d. XII Kal. Iul.

Non mihi sapit qui sermone sed que factis sapit.

Monday, June 18, 2007

a.d. XIV Kal. Iul.

Frenos imponit linguae conscientia.
–Publilius Syrus

Friday, June 15, 2007

a.d. XVII Kal. Iul.

Necessitati qui se accommodat sapit.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

a.d. XVIII Kal. Iul.

Aleinum aes homini ingenuo est servitus.
–Publilius Syrus

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Review of the Essential Hitler

The Essential Hitler

Helpfully arranged by topic, this book includes materials painstakingly selected to highlight Hitler's relationship with the press, his oppression of his own people, his vitriol towards the Jews, and his final hours on earth. The words are definitely those of the Fuehrer, because Hitler never allowed anyone to edit his writings. Throughout his public life Hitler dominated everyone around him, so that even his own generals would not speak out against him. Nor did the German people question their leader, constituting one of history's most tragic and mysterious failures of national will.

Read the whole review at Curled Up With A Good Book.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Now available!

Artes Latinae, Level 1, version 2.0
By Waldo Sweet – Original Author
Jeffrey Lyon – DVD-ROM version

Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is proud to announce the arrival of version 2.0 of Artes Latinae. We have been working hard behind the scenes to bring an updated version of Artes Latinae to you.

So what's new?

• Now works with newer versions of Windows—particularly, 2000, XP and Vista
• Now works with Mac
• Updated interface
• No need for disk after initial installation
On-line discussion forum


Artes Latinae places in the student’s hands all of the tools necessary to learn and love the Latin language. Its systematic “programmed” approach to learning provides consistent review and immediate reinforcement.

Artes Latinae’s step-by-step program of instruction allows students to work in their own time and at their own pace. Students are able to gauge their own progress and to correct their own mistakes through the systematic feedback they receive.

DVD-ROM, paperback books (2007) ISBN 978-0-86516-635-6

Click here to see the Artes Latinae at our website.

Monday, June 11, 2007

a.d. III Id. Iun.

Cui deest pecunia, huic desunt omnia.

Friday, June 08, 2007

a.d. VI Id. Iun.

Quot homines, tot sententiae; suus cuique mos.
–P. Terentius Afer

Locus: Terence, Phormio, 454

Thursday, June 07, 2007

a.d. VII Id. Iun.

Dictum sapienti sat est.

Locus: Plautus, Persa, 729

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

a.d. VIII Id. Iun.

Nulli est homini perpetuum bonum.

Locus: Plautus, Curculio, 189

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Non. Iun.

Magnas inter opes inops.

Locus: Horace, Odes 3.16

Monday, June 04, 2007

pridie Non. Iun.

Cineri gloria sera venit.

Locus: Martial 1.28

Friday, June 01, 2007

Kal. Iun.

Adulatio quam similis est amicitiae!

Locus: Moral Epistles 5.45.7