Synopses & Reviews
This edition of Book III of Eutropiusand#8217;s Breviarium ab urbe condita is designed to be a studentand#8217;s first encounter with authentic, unabridged Latin prose. Written in a simple and direct style, the Breviarium covers the period of Roman history that students find the most interestingand#151;the and#160;Second Punic War fought against Carthageand#151;and the original Latin text is supplemented with considerable learning support. Full annotations on every page, detailed commentary on grammar and syntax, and a glossary designed specifically for the text allow students to build both their confidence and their reading skills.and#160;
The commentary in the back of the book is cross-referenced to the following commonly used textbooks:
Wheelockand#8217;s Latin, 6th Edition
Latin: An Intensive Course by Moreland and Fleischer
Ecce Romani II, 3rd Edition
Latin for Americans, Level 2
Jenneyand#8217;s Second Year Latin
Allen and Greenoughand#8217;s New Latin Grammar
Macrons have been added to the entire text in accordance with the vowel quantities used in the Oxford Latin Dictionary. Additional resources include an unannotated version of the text for classroom use, supplementary passages in English from other ancient authors, and appendixes with a timeline of events and maps and battle plans.
The text may be used in secondary schools and colleges as early as the first year of study. The copious translation help, notes, and cross-references also make it ideal for independent learners.
and#8220;Exceedingly accurate, clearly presented, and annotated with just the right amount of help . . . it answers better than any other text I've seen the perennial problem of how to do the transition from learning the basics of Latin to actually reading Latin texts.and#8221;and#8212;Denis Feeney, Princeton University
and#8220;To the best of my knowledge, this is the only easy reader (suitable for a beginning to intermediate level Latin student) that presents a sustained story in authentic, unabridged Latin.and#8221;and#8212;Margaret Brucia, Temple University, Rome Campus
"Eutropius writes in good, standard classical Latin ... [His style] challenges the emerging Latin students without annihilating their confidence. . . . Beyer supplements the readings with generous notes, which deftly point out the way."and#8212;Dale Grote, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, from the prefaceandnbsp;
In this text for upper-beginner and intermediate students, Brian Beyer collects authentic Latin prose from Book I of Eutropiusandrsquo;s Breviarium ab urbe condita, which covers Roman history from Romeandrsquo;s foundation to the sack of Rome by the Gauls. Eutropiusandrsquo;s easy style and accessible vocabulary make his Breviarium ideal for students transitioning from the simplified Latin of a first-year textbook. Bottom-of-the-page glosses, passages in English from the Roman historian Livy, a running commentary on grammar and syntax, historical notes, and compiled vocabulary allow students insight into the foundational myths of ancient Rome and the historical context of Eutropiusandrsquo;s narrative.
About the Author
Brian Beyer teaches Latin at Montgomery High School in Skillman, NJ. He is the author of the widely used Latin prose reader for beginners, War with Hannibal.