Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Betray the Night

Betray the Night: A Novel About Ovid
by Benita Kane Jaro

The poet of love, the wanton princess, the most powerful man
the world has ever seen: a clash of wills and story of love....

In the year 8 AD, at the age of fifty, the most famous poet in Rome, Publius Ovidius Naso, known to us as Ovid, is suddenly exiled by the Emperor Augustus for an unknown reason. His young and beautiful wife Pinaria stays behind to try to salvage something of their lives and to work to bring him home. A woman alone, she is handicapped by the powerlessness of her position. It is not until she leaves behind the world of men to search among the people Rome has forgotten: the women, the slaves, the runaways and temple prostitutes, that she begins to understand what has happened to her life and her husband’s, and what the world around her really is.

Historically accurate, deeply researched, and poetically written, Betray the Night is a sympathetic reading of the position of women, and a study of the terror of power. Exciting and fast moving, it may be read on its own or as a companion to Benita Kane Jaro’s trilogy The Key, The Lock, and The Door in the Wall.

Cover art by Thom Kapheim.

260pp. (2009) Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86516-712-4

Click here to see Betray the Night at our website.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Now available on CD

Latin Music Through the Ages

Now available on CD.

Track list:
1. Virgin's Cradle Hymn
2. Song of the Nuns of Chester
3. Orientis Partibus
4. Mirabile Mysterium
5. O Admirabile Commercium
6. Ave Regina Coelorum
7. Ave Generosa
8. Hodie Christus Natus Est
9. Ubi Caritas
10. Ave Verum
11. Dulcis Amica
12. Non Nobis, Domine
13. O Sacrum Convivium
14. Diversos Diversa Iuvant
15. Amo, amas
16. Poculum Elevatum
17. O Vos Omnes

Friday, December 26, 2008

a.d. VII Kal. Iun.

De minimis non curat lex.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Felicem Christi Natalem!

Merry Christmas!

Here's a sampling of our Christmas titles.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas in Latin
by Dr. Seuss
translated by Terence O. Tunberg and Jennifer Morrish Tunberg

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus...In Latin!
by Francis Pharcellus Church
translated by Walter Sauer and Hermann Wiegand
illustrated by Matthias Kringe

O Abies
by Teddy Irwin and C. C. Couch

Other gift suggestions here.
Check page for exact details of offer.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

a.d. IX Kal. Ian.

Labor omnia vincit.

Locus: Georgics 1.145

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

a.d. X Kal. Ian.

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

Locus: Pro Roscio Comodeo 29

Friday, December 19, 2008

a.d. XIV Kal. Ian.

Ningat, ningat, ningat!
–Franciscus Sinatra

Thursday, December 18, 2008

a.d. XV Kal. Ian.

Bonos corrumpunt mores congressus mali.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

a.d. XVI Kal Ian.

Io Saturnalia!

Saturnalia begins today.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

a.d. XVII Kal. Ian.

Unguibus et rostro.

Friday, December 12, 2008

pridie Id. Dec.

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

Thursday, December 11, 2008

a.d. III Id. Dec.

In pace leones, in proelio cervi.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

a.d. IV Id. Dec.

Abusus non tollit usus.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

a.d. V Id. Dec.

Ius superat vires.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Horace: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader

Horace: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader
by Ronnie Ancona & David J. Murphy

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.

Horace: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader introduces students to Latin selections from Horace’s Satires 1.4 and 1.6 (47 lines) and Odes 1.5, 1.9, 1.11, 1.23, 1.37, 2.10, 3.9, and 3.30 (156 lines). Introductory materials include an overview of the life and works of Horace, historical context, and bibliography. Appendices on grammar, figures of speech, and Horatian meter, as well as a pull-out vocabulary complete the book’s innovative features. After finishing Horace: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader, students will be prepared to undertake a more complete study of Horace as an upper level Latin literature, 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 same and/or facing pages
  • post-reading materials encourage appreciation of Horace’s 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 Horace: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader will allow students a smooth entry into reading, understanding, and appreciating the poems of Horace.

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), coeditor of Gendered Dynamics in Latin Love Poetry (2005), coauthor of A Horace Workbook (2005) and A Horace Workbook Teacher’s Manual (2006), and editor of A Concise Guide to Teaching Latin Literature (2007). 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). She has been an AP* Latin Exam Reader and has conducted College Board AP* Latin workshops for teachers. For twenty years she directed Hunter’s MA in the Teaching of Latin program. She is coeditor of a series on women in antiquity from Oxford University Press, formerly from Routledge, and series editor for the new college level Bolchazy-Carducci Latin Readers.

David Murphy earned his PhD in Classics from Columbia University. He taught Latin and Greek for over twenty-five years at the secondary school level, including courses that prepared students for both the Vergil and the Latin Literature AP* exams. He also served as Upper School Head at The Nightingale-Bamford School. He has 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 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 “Critical Notes on Plato’s Charmides” in Mnemosyne 60, 2007, and “Doctors of Zalmoxis and Immortality in the Charmides” in Proceedings of the V Symposium Platonicum (2000). Dr. Murphy coauthored A Horace Workbook (2005) and A Horace Workbook Teacher’s Manual (2006).

xxiv + 189pp. (2008) Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86516-676-9

Click here to see Horace: 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.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A Lucan Reader

A Lucan Reader: Selections from Civil War
by Susanna Braund

Lucan’s epic poem, Civil War, portrays the stark, dark horror of the years 49 through 48 BCE, the grim reality of Romans fighting Romans, of Julius Caesar vs. Pompey the Great. Latin passages selected for this edition include Lucan’s analysis of the causes of the civil war, depictions of his protagonists Caesar and Pompey at key moments—Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon, the assassination of Pompey as he arrives in Egypt seeking refuge, Cato’s funeral oration for Pompey, Caesar’s visit to the site of Troy—as well as highly atmospheric passages: Pompey’s vision of his dead wife, Julia; and the necromancy performed by the witch Erichtho for Pompey’s son. Notes illuminate Lucan’s attitude towards his material—his reluctance to tackle the topic of civil war, his complicated relationship with Virgil’s Aeneid, and his passionate involvement in the events through the rhetorical device of apostrophe, when he seems to enter the poem as a character himself.

Features of this edition:
  • Introduction that situates Lucan in his literary, historical, and ideological context
  • 620 lines of Latin text from Lucan’s Civil War: 1.1–45, 67–157, 183–227, 486–504; 3.8–35; 399–445 6.624–53; 7.617–37; 7.647–82, 728–46, 760–811; 8.542–636, 663–88; 9.190–217; 9.961–99
  • Notes at the back
  • Map of the eastern Mediterranean in Caesar’s day
  • Bibliography
  • Vocabulary
Susanna Morton Braund was appointed to a Canada Research Chair in Latin Poetry and its Reception at the University of British Columbia in 2007. Her BA and PhD are from the University of Cambridge; she has taught at the Universities of Exeter, Bristol, and London in the UK; and at Yale University and Stanford University in the USA.
Prof. Braund has published extensively on Roman satire and Latin epic poetry, including a monograph on the Satires of Juvenal (1988), a commentary on Juvenal Satires 1–5 (1996), and a translation of Juvenal and Persius for the Loeb Classical Library (2004). Her 1992 translation (Oxford World’s Classics series) of Lucan’s poem has sold more than 12,000 copies to date. Volumes she has edited or coedited include one on the passions in Roman literature and thought (1997) and another on anger in antiquity (1993). Her introductory book, Latin Literature, was
published by Routledge in 2002.

xxxiv + 134pp. (2008) Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86516-661-5

Click here to see A Lucan Reader at our website.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

a.d. IV Non. Dec.

Aequat omnes cinis.
–L. Annaeus Seneca

Locus: Moral Epistles 91.16