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Title: Language of Virgil : An Introduction to the ...
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication Date: 1993
Book Condition: Good
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A ten-week introduction to Latin via the first 207 lines of the Aeneid, this book concentrates on the special advantages of Latin as a medium of poetry. The Language of Virgil does more than teach us how to read the Aeneid in Latin: it shows why it is important to do so.
Part one covers the mechanics of sound and syntax in nine lessons, emphasizing words and forms actually encountered in lines 1-207. Part Two goes over those lines about ten at a time in twenty lessons, with vocabulary, notes, scansion, and translation. Questions on the structure and poetic artistry of each passage make learning an active experience.
Instead of vocabulary and translation skills, this approach calls attention to the effective use of language in Rome's greatest epic as an invitation to further study. Profusely illustrated with the art and monuments of Virgil's time.
The Author: Daniel H. Garrison is a member of the Classics Department at Northwestern University, where he developed The language of Virgil for use in freshman seminars for students without a foreign language or classics background. A graduate of Harvard and Berkeley who has lived in Evanston, Illinois since 1966, Professor Garrison is the author of two annotated commentaries for college-level study of Latin lyric poetry: The Student's Catullus and Horace Epodes and Odes. He is currently at work on a study of Greek sexual culture from the Bronze Age to the end of the Hellenistic period.
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