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Caesar-commentary

Hans Friedrich Mueller, Caesar: Selections from his Commentarii De Bello Gallico. (Bolchazy-Carducci) 2012.

This text provides unadapted Latin passages from the Commentarii De Bello Gallico: Book 1.1 7; Book 4.24 35 and the first sentence of Chapter 36; Book 5.24 48; Book 6.13 20 and the English of Books 1, 6, and 7 It includes all the required English and Latin selections from Caesar’s De Bello Gallico for the 2012-2013 AP* Curriculum. Features: Introduction includes historical context, an overview of the Roman army, and Caesar as General, Politician, and Writer Latin text accompanied by same-page notes (grammatical, literary, historical, contextual) Same-page running vocabulary Pull-out vocabulary Complete Latin-English glossary Online grammatical appendix Select bibliography Eight newly-created maps 19 black-and-white illustrations Appendix: Figures of Speech

 

 

 

 

Latin101

Hans Friedrich Mueller, Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language. (Great Courses) (Teaching Company) 2013.

36 Lectures 1Pronouncing Classical Latin 2Introduction to Third-Conjugation Verbs 3Introduction to the Subjunctive Mood 4The Irregular Verbs Sum and Possum 5Introduction to Third-Declension Nouns 6Third-Declension Neuter Nouns 7First- and Second-Declension Adjectives 8First- and Second-Declension Nouns 9Introduction to the Passive Voice 10Third -io and Fourth-Conjugation Verbs 11First- and Second-Conjugation Verbs 12Reading a Famous Latin Love Poem 13The Present Passive of All Conjugations 14Third-Declension Adjectives 15Third-Declension I-Stem Nouns 16The Relative Pronoun 17The Imperfect and Future Tenses 18Building Translation Skills 19Using the Subjunctive Mood 20Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns 21The Perfect Tense Active System 22Forming and Using Participles 23Using the Infinitive 24Reading a Passage from Caesar 25The Perfect Tense Passive System 26Deponent Verbs 27Conditional Sentences 28Cum Clauses and Stipulations 29Reading Excerpts from Roman Law 30Interrogative Adjectives and Pronouns 31Fourth- and Fifth-Declension Nouns 32Gerunds and Gerundives 33Counting in Latin 34More on Irregular Verbs 35Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs 36Next Steps in Reading Latin

 

Caesar-AlegamusHans Friedrich Mueller and Rose Williams, Caesar: A Legamus Transitional Reader. (Bolchazy-Carducci) 2013.

36 Lectures 1Pronouncing Classical Latin 2Introduction to Third-Conjugation Verbs 3Introduction to the Subjunctive Mood 4The Irregular Verbs Sum and Possum 5Introduction to Third-Declension Nouns 6Third-Declension Neuter Nouns 7First- and Second-Declension Adjectives 8First- and Second-Declension Nouns 9Introduction to the Passive Voice 10Third -io and Fourth-Conjugation Verbs 11First- and Second-Conjugation Verbs 12Reading a Famous Latin Love Poem 13The Present Passive of All Conjugations 14Third-Declension Adjectives 15Third-Declension I-Stem Nouns 16The Relative Pronoun 17The Imperfect and Future Tenses 18Building Translation Skills 19Using the Subjunctive Mood 20Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns 21The Perfect Tense Active System 22Forming and Using Participles 23Using the Infinitive 24Reading a Passage from Caesar 25The Perfect Tense Passive System 26Deponent Verbs 27Conditional Sentences 28Cum Clauses and Stipulations 29Reading Excerpts from Roman Law 30Interrogative Adjectives and Pronouns 31Fourth- and Fifth-Declension Nouns 32Gerunds and Gerundives 33Counting in Latin 34More on Irregular Verbs 35Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs 36Next Steps in Reading Latin.

 

SenecaTommaso Gazzarri, (ed., trans. and comment.), Seneca. De Brevitate Vitae. Classici Greci e Latini. Milan (Mondadori) 2010.

Tra i dialoghi filosofici più famosi di Seneca, il “De brevitate vitae” venne composto probabilmente tra il 49 e il 55 d.C. ed è dedicato a Paolino, da identificarsi forse con il suocero del filosofo: un uomo dunque sufficientemente maturo per comprendere e apprezzare la profondità del messaggio senecano. Il tema trattato è di quelli che rimangono di perenne attualità: la fugacità del tempo e la brevità della vita. Che però, sostiene Seneca, appare tale solo a chi, non sapendone afferrare la vera essenza, si disperde in mille futili occupazioni. Di fronte a questa massa di occupati, “assediati” dalle proprie inutili attività, Seneca propone il suo modello umano, il saggio che si dedica all’otium, vivendo in prima persona l’alternativa etica alla società violenta dell’epoca neroniana e trovando nella riflessione filosofica il metodo per ristabilire l’equilibrio morale e recuperare la salute dello spirito; la conoscenza di sé diventa così il punto di partenza per dare un significato nuovo al proprio agire nel mondo e al suo valore sociale. Riappropriarsi del proprio tempo vuol dire dunque rivendicare con forza il diritto di riappropriarsi di se stessi, esercitando la forma più alta di libertà, di esperienza culturale e intellettuale, di una socialità che affratella gli uomini.

 

PlautoTommaso Gazzarri, (ed., trans. and comment.), Plauto. Poenulus e Truculentus. Classici Greci e Latini. Milan Milan (Mondadori) 2015.

Attraverso le vicende del cartaginese Smerciato, rapito e venduto come schiavo da bambino e al centro di una complicata vicenda di eredità, amori, trucchi e agnizioni, la commedia Poenulus, “il Cartaginesino”, introduce nel teatro plautino uno spunto di riflessione sull’umanità del nemico, sul significato della presenza dell'”altro”, poiché nessuno più dei Cartaginesi incarnava per il pubblico romano i connotati dello “straniero”. Al centro del “Truculentus” c’è invece una scaltra cortigiana, Frinetta, che riesce a circuire i suoi tre amanti e si rivela uno dei più antichi esempi letterari di “femme fatale”. Ad accomunare le due commedie è il tema della guerra (le guerre puniche in particolare) e dei profondi cambiamenti socio-culturali che ne sono derivati. Le figure marginali nella Roma repubblicana, lo straniero e la donna, divengono in queste tarde opere plautine protagoniste, a testimonianza di come Plauto seppe affrontare anche le scottanti questioni poste dalla Storia sulla scena romana a lui contemporanea.

 

 

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Mark Toher, Between Republic and Empire: Interpretations of Augustus and His Principate (Berkeley-Los Angeles 1990) [with K.A. Raaflaub].

Representing five major areas of Augustan scholarship—historiography, poetry, art, religion, and politics—the nineteen contributors to this volume bring us closer to a balanced, up-to-date account of Augustus and his principate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

toher-2bMark Toher, GEORGICA: Studies in Honor of George Cawkwell. (London, 1991) [with M.A. Flower].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerius

Hans-Friedrich Mueller, Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus.

(Routledge Classical Monographs), 2002.
Valerius Maximus was an indefatigable collector of historical anecdotes illustrating vice and virtue. His Memorable Deeds and Sayings are unparalleled as a source for the opinions of Romans in the early empire on a vast range of subjects. Mueller focuses on what Valerius can tell us about contemporary Roman attitudes to religion, attacking several orthodoxies along the way. He argues that Roman religion could be deeply emotional. That it was possible to believe passionately in the divinity of the emperor – even when, like Tiberius, he was still alive – and that Rome’s gods and religious rituals had an important role in fostering conventional morality. The study further explores elements of ancient rhetoric, Roman historiography, and Tiberian Rome. The fact that Valerius was a contemporary of Jesus means his work is also valuable in reflecting the attitudes and beliefs of the ruling class to which Christ and his followers were politically subject, and which formed the background to the growth and persecution of Christianity.

 

Gibbon

Hans-Friedrich Mueller, (Editor), E. Gibbon, (author), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

(Modern Library Classics), 2005.
Gibbon’s masterpiece, which narrates the history of the Roman Empire from the second century a.d. to its collapse in the west in the fifth century and in the east in the fifteenth century, is widely considered the greatest work of history ever written. This abridgment retains the full scope of the original, but in a compass equivalent to a long novel. Casual readers now have access to the full sweep of Gibbon’s narrative, while instructors and students have a volume that can be read in a single term. This unique edition emphasizes elements ignored in all other abridgments—in particular the role of religion in the empire and the rise of Islam.
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Roman-historiography

Hans-Friedrich Mueller, (translator), A. Mehl, (author), Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development.

(Wiley-Blackwell). 2011.
Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development presents a comprehensive introduction to the development of Roman historical writings in both Greek and Latin, from the early annalists to Orosius and Procopius of Byzantium.

* Provides an accessible survey of every historical writer of significance in the Roman world
* Traces the growth of Christian historiography under the influence of its pagan adversaries
* Offers valuable insight into current scholarly trends on Roman historiography
* Includes a user-friendly bibliography, catalog of authors and editions, and index

 

 

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Stacie Raucci, Elegiac Eyes: Vision in Roman Love Elegy.

(Lang Classical Studies), 2011
Elegiac Eyes is an in-depth examination of vision and spectacle in Roman love elegy. It approaches vision from the perspective of Roman cultural modes of viewing and locates its analysis in close textual readings of Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid. The paradoxical nature of the Roman eyes, which according to contemporary optical theories were able to penetrate and be penetrated, as well as the complex role of vision in society, provided the elegists with a productive canvas for their poems. By locating the elegists’ visual games within their contemporary context, Elegiac Eyes demonstrates how the elegists were manipulating notions that were specifically Roman and familiar to their readership.