Summary: This reader contains selections from Catullus, designed for students moving from elementary or intermediate Latin into reading the authentic Latin of Catullus. Passages are accompanied by pre-reading materials, grammatical exercises, complete vocabulary, notes designed for reading comprehension, and other reading aids. Introductory materials (including a section on Catullan meters) and illustrations are included.
- pre-reading material ...show mores for each passage of Latin, designed to help the student understand the underlying cultural and literary concepts in the Latin passage
- short explanations related to the grammatical and syntactical usages that will be found in the passage, accompanied by exercises
- the first version of the Latin text with gapped words in parentheses and difficult noun-adjective pairings highlighted by the use of a different font
- complete vocabulary and grammatical notes on the page facing the Latin passage. Any vocabulary word found in the passage but not in the notes is found in the pullout vocabulary at the back of the book
- the second version of the Latin text in its unchanged form
- literary notes on the page facing the unchanged Latin text
- post-reading materials for each passage designed to help the student understand Catullus's style of writing and to allow the student to reflect upon what has been read
- the last four Latin passages do not contain any of the transitional aids such as gapped words or the use of fonts
- notes on grammar, vocabulary, and literary analysis continue to be on the page facing the passage
Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr. is professor of Classics and former Director of the MAT Program at University of Massachusetts. He has won several teaching awards, is the author or coauthor of 5 books and 47 articles, is coeditor of the Legamus series, and has presented over 100 scholarly talks. He has been active in promoting the study of Classics for such groups as the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, where he served as President, and the American Philological Association, as Vice-President for Education, and as the president of the American Classical League.
Sean Smith has been teaching Latin from novice to AP* at Amherst Regional Middle and High School in Massachusetts since 1984. He received the American Philological Association's 2007 national award for Excellence in Teaching at the Precollegiate Level. Smith has served on the College Board's Latin SAT Development Committee, and is a consultant for AP* Latin.
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