Cicero: A Legamus Transitional Reader

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Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers - Foreign Language Study - 222 pages
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 has been developed by a special committee of high school and college teachers to facilitate this challenging transition.

Cicero: A Legamus Transitional Reader introduces students to Cicero's Latin via selections from his Pro Archia. Introductory materials include an overview of the life and works of Cicero, historical context, and bibliography. The authors combine special visual features?including line alignments based on meaning with the "pass through" method?to make Cicero's sometimes complicated prose more student-friendly. Appendices on grammar and figures of speech as well as a pull-out vocabulary complete the book's student aids. After finishing Cicero: A Legamus Transitional Reader, students will be prepared to undertake a more complete study of Cicero in an upper level Latin literature or college level course.


pre-reading materials to help students understand underlying cultural, historical, and literary concepts

review explanations of grammatical and syntactical usage, with practice exercises

"pass through" approach that begins with the main statement and adds clauses with each "pass" thus assisting students in unraveling Cicero's complex sentences

first versions of the Latin text with transitional aids: lines aligned to facilitate comprehension, implied words in parentheses, difficult noun-adjective pairings in different fonts

complete vocabulary and grammatical notes on facing pages

post-reading materials that encourage appreciation of Cicero's style, reflection on what has been read, and making connections to the modern world

final version of each Latin text without transitional aids, but with notes and vocabulary

pull-out vocabulary of frequently used Latin words

four maps and eighteen illustrations that complement the Latin selections and background essays

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About the author

Mark Haynes holds an MA in Classical Languages from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. For over twenty years he has taught Latin and served as the Foreign Language Department Chair at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. The recipient of the 2003 Eunice Kraft Award for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, he is active in both the American Classical League and CAMWS.
Judith Lynn Sebesta earned her BA in Classics from the University of Chicago and her PhD in Classics from Stanford University. She has served as Professor of Classics and as Chair of the Department of history at the University of South Dakota where she has been recognized for outstanding teaching: Belbas-Larson Teaching Award 2003, Professor of the Year 2003, and the Cutler Award in Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, 2004. The recipient of the American Classical League Emeritus/Emerita Award in 2008, Sebesta has been a leader in ACI, activities.

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