- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Geoffrey Steadman; 4/18/11 edition (May 18, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984306579
- ISBN-13: 978-0984306572
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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College Caesar: Latin Text with Facing Vocabulary and Commentary Paperback – May 18, 2011
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Geoffrey Steadman (Ph.D., Classics) currently teaches Latin in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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A much better version of the DBG that follows the Clyde Pharr format is Hans-Friedrich Mueller's Caesar: Selections from his Commentarii De Bello Gallico. The notes and glosses are done much more carefully (and contain far few mistakes), and the Clyde Pharr format is followed a little more closely (in that there is an actual pull-out vocabulary and the glosses vs. core vocabulary words are distinguished in the text by italics). The text also includes all of the English passages on the AP Exam. It's a great choice if you're willing to pay the significantly higher price. Or, perhaps better, use both!
If you're coming to Caesar directly from a beginning textbook, it would be prudent to strengthen your reading skills before diving right in. A very gentle option would be Steadman's Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles: Latin Text with Facing Vocabulary and Commentary. Perhaps just as good (and authenic, rather than made-up Latin) would be Beyer's War with Hannibal: Authentic Latin Prose for the Beginning Student. The vocabulary and syntax are really a perfect lead-in for Caesar.
The text could use some serious revision if it is even intended for high/prep school use.
I'm one of the "been-there-done-that-and-didn't-get-the-sword" students. I'd use this personally ... as in by myself ... but I wouldn't inflict it on a class in high/prep school or even college.