By Gavin Betts, Daniel Franklin
Embody your Roman muse! As a learner of Latin, you must adventure the Roman international by way of interpreting its writers of their unique language. yet you'll be uncertain the place to start within the classical canon otherwise you could fear that your Latin talents are inadequate to take on real texts. Requiring just a grounding within the fundamentals, starting Latin Poetry Reader allows you to discover the wealthy and various variety of Latin verse, together with epics, comedies, satires, lyric poetry, or even graffiti! within you will find seventy decisions from authors of the early Republic equivalent to Plautus and Terrance in addition to these of the Golden and Silver a long time resembling Vergil, Horace, Ovid, and Juvenal--all supported by means of priceless footnotes and English translations. This publication additionally encompasses a transparent evaluate of Latin syntax and the metrics of its verse, a thesaurus of all Latin phrases present in the readings, and a time line exhibiting the old and literary context of every writer. Lose your self in: the glowing comedies of Plautus the intimate love poetry of Catullus the majestic hexameters of Vergil the stylish lyricism of Horace the sophisticated sensuality of Ovid the compelling satires of Juvenal the bristly epigrams of Martial
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Beginning Latin Poetry Reader: 70 Passages from Classical Roman Verse and Drama (Latin Reader Series) by Gavin Betts, Daniel Franklin