Wednesday, October 02, 2013

BC Latin Reader Series - A Roman Army Reader

Series Editor: Ronnie Ancona,
Hunter College and City University of New York Graduate Center

These Readers, written by experts in the field, provide well-annotated Latin selections to be used as authoritative introductions to Latin authors, genres, or topics. Designed for intermediate/advanced college Latin students, BC Latin Readers each contain  approximately 600 lines of Latin, making them ideal to use in combination or as a “shake-it-up” addition to a time-tested syllabus.

Newest Release

A Roman Army Reader

Twenty-One Selections from Literary, Epigraphic, and Other Documents

Dexter Hoyos

xlviii + 214 pp., 7 illustrations and 2 maps (2013) 5” x 7¾” Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86516-715-5

This edition offers a compact portrait, in peace and in war, of the ancient Roman army, one of history’s most famous and successful military organizations. Twelve literary passages combine with nine epigraphic and other documents to show soldiers who don’t merely fight: Between battles, they march, drill, camp, construct public works, eat, drink, and—sometimes illegally—marry and have children. At times, and invariably with bloodstained results, troops also involved themselves in Roman politics. With selections from a variety of sources and a time span ranging from the First Punic War to the reign of M. Aurelius, this compact reader is like no other currently available.

Features: Introduction to the Roman army • 858 lines of unadapted Latin text in 21 selections: 12 from literary works (Cato Origines, Cicero Ad Atticum, Caesar Bellum Civile, Livy Ab Urbe Condita, Juvenal Satires, Tacitus Annals and Histories, Vegetius De Re Militari, Suetonius Gaius and Claudius) and 9 from documentary sources • Notes at the back and complete vocabulary • Suggested reading; appendices of original texts and chronologies • Two maps and seven illustrations

Dexter Hoyos is Honorary Associate Professor and research affiliate at Sydney University, Australia, where he taught from 1972 until 2007. Author of numerous articles on Roman government, diplomacy, warfare, and historiography, and on Latin epigraphy and pedagogy, his books include Hannibal: Rome’s Greatest Enemy (Exeter/Bristol Phoenix 2008); Truceless War: Carthage’s Fight for Survival, 241–237 b.c. (Brill 2007); Livy: Hannibal’s War, Books 21 to 30 (with translator J. C. Yardley, Oxford 2006); Hannibal’s Dynasty: Power and Politics in the Mediterranean World, 247–183 b.c. (Routledge 2003); Unplanned Wars: The Origins of the First and Second Punic Wars (de Gruyter 1998), and Latin: How to Read it Fluently—A Practical Manual (CANE Educational 1997).

Other Titles Available in the BC Reader Series
An Apuleius Reader
Selections from the Metamorphoses
Ellen D. Finkelpearl
A Lucan Reader
Selections from Civil War
Susanna Braund
A Seneca Reader
Selections from Prose and Tragedy
James Ker
A Caesar Reader
Selections from Bellum Gallicum and Bellum Civile, and from Caesar’s Letters, Speeches, and Poetry
W. Jeffrey Tatum
A Martial Reader
Selections from the Epigrams
Craig Williams
A Suetonius Reader
Selections from De Vita Caesarum and the Life of Horace
Josiah Osgood
A Cicero Reader
Selections from Five Essays and Four Speeches, with Five Letters
James M. May
A Plautus Reader
Selections from Eleven Plays
John Henderson
A Terence Reader
Selections from Six Plays
William S. Anderson
A Latin Epic Reader
Selections from Ten Epics
Alison Keith
A Roman Verse Satire Reader
Selections from Lucilius, Horace, Persius, and Juvenal
Catherine C. Keane
A Tibullus Reader
Seven Selected Elegies
Paul Allen Miller
A Livy Reader
Selections from Ab Urbe Condita
Mary Jaeger
A Sallust Reader
Selections from Bellum
Catilinae, Bellum
Iugurthinum, and Historiae
Victoria E. Pagán

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