Caesar for the Absolute Beginner

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Caesar for the Absolute Beginner

Post by quickly » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:02 am

As I am discovering, and as I am finishing the last Wheelock's chapters, merging translation - which is often slow going - with reading is the hardest task. Poetry becomes easier than prose, because your mind has been trained to approach Latin as a crossword puzzle (2 down: participle beginning with "c" in the genitive, related to "tineo"), and the prose becomes difficult for that reason.

I found an edition of Caesar's de Bello Gallico on Google Books which, hopefully, can help others bridge that gap, and which has been helping me. If textkit would upload it, I would think others could find use in it.

It is, of course, overkill. By the time you're reading Caesar, you should know what "ab" and "ipse" mean. But for the more terse constructions, and especially moving away from text with macrons (for instance, some classmates were tripped up by the second sentence: "ipsorum lingua," until realizing it was ablative), it has been extremely helpful to me.

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Re: Caesar for the Absolute Beginner

Post by thesaurus » Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:24 pm

If you did want to read a version of the Gallic Wars with macrons and tons of Latin and visual apparatus for the beginner, I suggest Hans Orberg's selected edition. It's done on the same plan as Lingua Latina. ... 01&sr=1-14
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Re: Caesar for the Absolute Beginner

Post by Scribo » Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:37 pm

I tried reading Caesar, it certainly helped with speed...but..I don't know, having read it in English I wasn't overly keen. I can't even think about trying to work through a complete text. Just do a series of passages from interesting authors.
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