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by Ronolio
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: Catilinarian Conspiracy - Did it Really Happen?
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Re: Catilinarian Conspiracy - Did it Really Happen?

Virtually all the information we have about it either comes from Cicero himself, or is written almost a century after the supposed event. What about Sallust and his Bellum Catalinae? He was in his 20s when it happened and later an associate of Caesar. While of course different from Cicero's account...
by Ronolio
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latin Vocabulary Books?
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Latin Vocabulary Books?

Whitaker's Words is also a useful app available for Android. I don't know if it is available for iphone. Unlike the Lewis and Short app, which requires the dictionary entry of a word (i.e. nominative singular, 1st person present active indicative, etc.), with Whitaker's Words you can enter any form ...
by Ronolio
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Caesar BG 1.1
Replies: 9
Views: 637

Re: Caesar BG 1.1

I had to go back and check as well. I couldn't recall if he was in the annual camp or the all at once camp. But if you are interested, you should check out Riggsby's book. He talks a good bit about Caesar's representations of the land and peoples he encounters without being overly technical. Another...
by Ronolio
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Caesar BG 1.1
Replies: 9
Views: 637

Re: Caesar BG 1.1

While Caesar was most definitely writing to promote himself, what Goldsworthy actually says is much more vague than what you have given. He says that in the sources "there are hints" indicating that public readings were common and history was particularly popular and that "it seems probable" that Ca...
by Ronolio
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Caesar BG 1.1
Replies: 9
Views: 637

Re: Caesar BG 1.1

To add, the ancient mind would be very receptive to astronomical descriptions, given the frequency of use for temporal as well as navigational purposes.
by Ronolio
Thu May 02, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: Election to office in the Republic
Replies: 0
Views: 576

Election to office in the Republic

I am trying to find out what the term was for being elected to an office when first eligible and completing the cursus honorum with every office falling into that category (as was the case with Cicero), if there was one. I am fairly certain I read about it recently, but cannot find it now. It may, h...
by Ronolio
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: Which side of the road did the Romans drive/march/walk on?
Replies: 7
Views: 1339

Re: Which side of the road did the Romans drive/march/walk on?

The sarcastic smart-aleck in me wants to answer: "They were Romans. They walked on whatever side they wanted" :wink:
by Ronolio
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Is this called reading Caesar?
Replies: 35
Views: 5492

Re: Is this called reading Caesar?

I will echo hlawson38 and RandyGibbons. After discovering Hoyos and using his approach I have gotten much more enjoyment out of reading Latin. I have since read through De Bello Gallico Book 1, In Catilinam 1, Livy Book 1, Aeneid Books 1 and 2, reading about 30 minutes a day. I am currently working ...
by Ronolio
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Consonantal vs Vocalic 'u' in Perfect
Replies: 8
Views: 806

Re: Consonantal vs Vocalic 'u' in Perfect

Is there any such rule for i. I am able to distinguish between the two, but it would be nice to have a nice rule set to give to my students as I will definitely do with this for u and v.
by Ronolio
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: Nile shipwreck discovery proves Herodotus right
Replies: 18
Views: 2038

Re: Nile shipwreck discovery proves Herodotus right

So the same Herodotus who is apparently able to give a detailed description of the building plan of an Egyptian river boat, misrepresents the measures of a city wall by a factor of 10? It doesn't seem convincing. I don't necessarily think he's lying about the wall, some boastful Babylionian probabl...
by Ronolio
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: The Hellenistic Period
Replies: 6
Views: 1006

Re: The Hellenistic Period

For just the Hellenistic period check out Peter Green.
by Ronolio
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Pone
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Re: Pone

Constantius, The way I read this (and I have never looked at Apuleius), but behind makes more sense, i.e 'Behold the boy rises behind the spear of iron' as opposed to 'Behold the boy on the spear of iron'; unless there is a tradition of engravings on spears, as the Mycenaeans did on daggers. Again t...
by Ronolio
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Google translate audio
Replies: 3
Views: 557

Re: Google translate audio

Google Translate does not know Latin in any form audio or print. The print translations are so bad as to be laughable.
by Ronolio
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: question about perfect and imperfect
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: question about perfect and imperfect

In the first case there is a clear duration of time: "We withstood the attack bravely for a long time ," said the soldier; "for we thought that our general was hurrying..." hence the imperfect. In the second there is the indication that it was at a particular instance: " suddenly we saw a great ligh...
by Ronolio
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: the noun plebs
Replies: 4
Views: 1318

Re: the noun plebs

Perhaps we have here the root cause of the conflict of the orders. None could agree on the proper usage of the word. :D
by Ronolio
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: How do you like your commentaries?
Replies: 6
Views: 2138

Re: How do you like your commentaries?

Option 4 is the best to me, but not much is available that way. I have found Cicero's 1st Catilinarian and selections of De Bello Gallico https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0991386094/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 After that I would say option 1 is next best. Option 2 limits how much yo...
by Ronolio
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: grammar question
Replies: 4
Views: 1835

Re: grammar question

Nomen ejus igitur erat Pandora
Isn't the common usage with nomen a dative? So it should be 'Nomen ei igitur erat Pandora'
by Ronolio
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Best Latin Lexicon
Replies: 4
Views: 2194

Re: Best Latin Lexicon

The Elementary Latin Dictionary has taken out more detailed citations, using just author instead of author, work and line references and removed more obscure definitions. In fact according to the introduction the vocabulary was actually expanded.
by Ronolio
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Teaching Latin Well
Replies: 28
Views: 10405

Re: Teaching Latin Well

Those Ten Basic Rules come from Dexter Hoyos' Latin: How to Read it Fluently which I have found quite useful.
by Ronolio
Fri May 05, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Help me interpret this line of Horace
Replies: 7
Views: 4392

Re: Help me interpret this line of Horace

The Aeneid may not even have been made public when the Ars P. was composed (though Horace probably had heard portions of it performed before it was published posthumously).
I was thinking in terms of his being familiar with it through his acquaintance and association with Virgil.
by Ronolio
Fri May 05, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Help me interpret this line of Horace
Replies: 7
Views: 4392

Re: Help me interpret this line of Horace

I had the thought of both openings being something of a tribute to Vergil as well, as I immediately thought of the opening lines of the Aeneid (specifically lines 1 and 8 ).
by Ronolio
Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: nouns and adjectives help
Replies: 5
Views: 2386

Re: nouns and adjectives help

reges parvi for nominative plural
but for accusative plural
reges parvos
by Ronolio
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: How do you pronounce your Latin?
Replies: 20
Views: 10871

Re: How do you pronounce your Latin?

I would say badly :lol: When I was evaluated teaching for the first time one of the things that was pointed out was my issues with accentuation and vowel pronunciation. I was just glad that my pronunciation was not compared to that of the fellow with the very thick southern accent (who came from rur...
by Ronolio
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: What advanced Latin grammars or textbooks are available?
Replies: 4
Views: 2684

Re: What advanced Latin grammars or textbooks are available?

Bolchazy-Carducci has a good series as well, just entitled A _________ Workbook, available for Caesar, Vergil, Ovid, Catullus, Horace and Cicero. You can get a student and teacher edition. They run about $27 each. They are designed to help prepare for the College Board AP Exam. Here's the publisher'...
by Ronolio
Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: realistic learning goals for scanning??
Replies: 11
Views: 5147

Re: realistic learning goals for scanning??

If you are doing dactylic hexameter, initially it is easiest to start from the back. You know foot 5 is a dactyl and foot 6 is a spondee. Often the rest can then be deduced relatively easily, e.g if there are only 8 remaining syllables then they must all be spondees. Conversely if there are 12 then ...
by Ronolio
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: is this correct?
Replies: 2
Views: 1555

Re: is this correct?

See AG 317.d.2. It looks like Caesar uses a plural verb with multitudo on occasion. The example they give is B.G.ii.5 cum tanta multitudo lapides conicerent. As for your translation I would change it to: "On account of the seditious and wicked speech of those (men) the common people are not gatherin...
by Ronolio
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: Please recommend book on Roman government and religion
Replies: 3
Views: 3045

Re: Please recommend book on Roman government and religion

I would more recommend Religions of Rome Volume 1: A History https://www.amazon.com/Religions-Rome-History-Mary-Beard/dp/0521316820 I reviewed it as a grad student years ago for a professor planning on using it for a course and am currently re-reading it and it is much more current than the other re...
by Ronolio
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Some words unfit for dactylic hexametre
Replies: 8
Views: 3350

Re: Some words unfit for dactylic hexametre

Vergil has maria I think only twice, in what you quoted (A. 1,524) and in A. 6,351 “— — maria aspera iuro”. Mare and maris abound; mari is rarer yet clearly more densely used than maria. Further, we see a slight tendency to use 3rd declension sg. ablatives in - ī rather than - ĕ . Not to nitpick to...
by Ronolio
Sat Aug 06, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: Historical Impact of Rome on War Gaming
Replies: 3
Views: 2407

Re: Historical Impact of Rome on War Gaming

Unfortunately these don't work if one knows German. :(
Not to be snarky, but turn down the volume and problem solved.
by Ronolio
Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: The Trilled "R"
Replies: 3
Views: 1907

Re: The Trilled "R"

I was taught that it was a lightly trilled R, with the front part of the tongue -similar to Spanish, is what I was told. However, I could never quite do that; rather, I rolled the R in the back of my throat. I blame German, which was the first language outside of English that I learned -and at a muc...
by Ronolio
Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Material on common patterns for forming verbal stems
Replies: 3
Views: 1808

Re: Material on common patterns for forming verbal stems

Thanks for this post and replies, as one of the issues I have found in teaching Latin is students knowing what to look up. The changes in English words are, for the most part, so minimal as to make looking up new words very easy; Latin not so much.
by Ronolio
Fri May 20, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: wiktionary
Replies: 7
Views: 3297

Re: wiktionary

Also useful is the Latin Lexicon online (nicknamed Numen). Of particular use is the word study tool, into which you can enter the words in any form and multiple words at a time. One problem with it though is its ordering of meanings. It doesn't seem to follow the dictionary standard of most common m...
by Ronolio
Mon May 02, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: Richard Tarrant's new book on textual criticism.
Replies: 6
Views: 4068

Re: Richard Tarrant's new book on textual criticism.

Thank you for the recommendation. Hopefully I will have better luck with this than I did with Scribes and Scholars (six years after starting, I still have not made it through).
by Ronolio
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: translation help
Replies: 3
Views: 1930

Re: translation help

I think you confused iter with iterum
I would translate "Caesar per Italiam iter faciebat" as Caesar made his way through Italy
by Ronolio
Sat Feb 20, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: Commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses 11-15
Replies: 6
Views: 4594

Re: Commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses 11-15

Thanks again, all for the input. Finally my copies of the D.E. Hill's translation and commentary have arrived. Apparently it takes a while to ship things from Australia to the U.S. In just a quick perusal, I think the commentary will be sufficient for my purposes. I find the facing English helpful w...
by Ronolio
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: Modern Languages for Classics
Replies: 20
Views: 12877

Re: Modern Languages for Classics

I will agree with the consensus on German being the most important after English (Tag Pauly-Wissowa), then Italian. If you are looking into the Bronze Age, Ancient Egypt, or Mesopotamian civilizations, then French is useful. One of my fond memories of Graduate school was reading an article in Pauly-...
by Ronolio
Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: Commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses 11-15
Replies: 6
Views: 4594

Re: Commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses 11-15

Thank you for the input. I have ordered D.E. Hill's from the Aris and Phillips series. The fact that they have facing English is not really an issue as I provide the students the selections for which they are responsible. Essentially I wanted a classroom resource that they could consult as an aide i...
by Ronolio
Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: Commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses 11-15
Replies: 6
Views: 4594

Commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses 11-15

I am about to start covering Ovid's Metamorphoses in my Advanced Placement Latin classes and I am looking for a good commentary on books 11-15. I have William S. Anderson's text and commentary for the 1st 10 books, but for whatever reason, he did not continue on to the conclusion of the poem. Can an...
by Ronolio
Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: Civilization and Culture of the Greeks and Romans
Topic: Books not remotely accademic:
Replies: 2
Views: 2446

Re: Books not remotely accademic:

I just discovered Pen and Sword press and quite frankly have enjoyed everything I have purchased published by them. Why? Because they are not remotely academic, but deal with something I greatly enjoy and like to enjoy without straining my brain. I read enough dry academic material in Graduate schoo...
by Ronolio
Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Salvete
Replies: 1
Views: 1474

Salvete

Greetings All I just discovered this sight and hope to share ideas and inspiration with all. I have a BA and MA in the Classics, both from Florida State University. I have taught for 17 years. Up until 2013 I taught at the JUCO level -mostly Classical Mythology and Greek and Roman History, with the ...