Friday, March 21, 2008

Ovid: A LEGAMUS Transitonial Reader

Ovid: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader
by Denise Davis-Henry and Caroline Perkins

Ovid: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader introduces students to Latin selections (202 lines) from Ovid’s Metamorphoses: Apollo and Daphne, 1.463–473, 490–502, 548–567; Pyramus and Thisbe, 4.65–77, 93–104, 137–153; Daedalus and Icarus 8.195–208, 220–235; Baucis and Philemon, 8.626–640, 705–720; Pygmalion 10.243–269, 270–297. Introductory materials included an overview of the life and work of Ovid, bibliography, and the characters in the selections. Appendices on grammar and figures of speech, and a pull-out vocabulary complete the book’s innovative features. After finishing Ovid: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader, students will be prepared to undertake a more complete study of the Ovid 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 Ovid’s style and reflection on what has been read
  • pull-out vocabulary of Latin words not annotated
  • second version of Latin text in without transitional aids, but with notes

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

Caroline Perkins is professor and chair of the department of Classics at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She holds a PhD from The Ohio State University. She has won teaching awards at Marshall University, is the author of several articles on Tacitus and Ovid, and has given numerous presentations on these and other authors. She is a tireless promoter of the study of Classics in her adopted state, and most recently has helped to add an MA in Latin to the degrees offered by Marshall University.

Denise Davis-Henry holds an MA from The Ohio State University. She has taught Latin at Bishop Watterson High School since 1986. Her passion for Classical mythology brought her to the classics, and she enjoys organizing and leading student tours to Europe, including Italy and Sicily, Greece, France, Switzerland, and Roman Britain.

xxvi + 132 pp. (2008) Papberback, ISBN 978-0-86516-604-2

Click here to see Ovid: 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.

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