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

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