Online annotated Latin and Greek Reading Texts from Dickinson College
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Latin and Greek texts for reading, with explanatory notes, vocabulary, and graphic, video, and audio elements.Right now they have available:
- Selections from Caesar's Gallic War
- Ovid's Amores, Book 1
- Cornelius Nepos, Life of Hannibal
- Sulpicius Severus, The Life of Saint Martin of Tours
- Lucian, True History
- Callimachus, Aetia
Any Greek edition of Lucian is rarely seen outside of large libraries, and Callimachus still less. Nepos was brushed over rather fast in the currilculum I got. He apparently was most famous for having poems of Catullus
dedicated to him: "...Corneli, tibi, namque tu solebas / meas esse aliquid putare nugas" / ..."(Dedicated) to you,
Cornelius, for you used to think my facetiae really were something."
*A Sulpicius of the early Empire is mentioned in the fragments of his daughterʻs poetry; she was known as Sulpicia, and complains that her ex-lover preferred: "scortum quam Servi filia Sulpicii!" / "a whore, rather than the daughter of
In contrast to other digital projects that conceive of classical texts as a database, or foreground hypertext—focusing on chunking or linking the text—DCC aims at a readerly approach, and one responsive to the needs of readers, teachers, and students. Texts are presented in a clean, readable format, with custom-authored notes, specially selected images and maps, and original audio and video content.Perseus is great at providing access to the texts, but it's next-to-useless for the student who doesn't have access to additional commentary / annotations to help them through the rough spots (such as are usually printed in, e.g. the Cambridge green-and-yellows or the Bristol Classical Texts blue-and-whites).
Yes, I think he was just beginning to attain that "obscure" status about when I was high school age. By the time they were laying "college" authors on us, he was just a vague memory from the back pages of a
Caesar of Cicero text book
and the university Classics Dept. didnʻt exactly re-introduce him.
I think, in what was left of h.s. Latin educational theory, there was some support for replacing the
traditional Bellum Gallicum with Nepos, I donʻt remember with which work. Some support, too (but not much)
for replacing Caesar with
(a no doubt cleaned up) version of Plautus.
I did, b t w, know Glen Bowersock, but not well. I
was in a Latin language Roman Comedy production with him. I dont remember what our roles were, or even which play (I was in 4 altogether, from junior year to one year out of graduate school.)
If my college-level Latin students decide to continue with a second year of Latin next year, after I finish up the grammar instruction of the year 2 textbook I'm using (Jenny's Second Year Latin), I'm going to skip the second half of the book (Caesar) and instead head them into medieval Latin (my specialty).
Given this newly discovered resource, I may indeed start with Sulpicius Severus, then do some Vulgate, then continue with Sidwell's Reading Medieval Latin and Harrington's Medieval Latin.