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- Publisher: Paul Hudson; 2 edition (August 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 25, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ESMDKGM
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Martial: Epigrams in Latin + English (SPQR Study Guides Book 14) Kindle Edition
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All 14 Books of epigrams, with an active table of contents for each Book, leading directly to each and every one of the nearly 1,500 epigrams in the corpus. Click on any link, and you find a good, easily readable/fully scalable Latin text of the epigram you want, with a link to the following English translation AND what appears to be a complete dictionary entry for each Latin word that appears in that poem, in the order in which the word appears. Links back and forth to everything. In short, all you could ask for in a bilingual Latin/English text, perfectly rendered.
Both the text and translation seem quite good. (I noticed one Latin and one English typo in the first book, neither of which caused any difficulty.) A few of the more "explicit" epigrams are left un-translated, but the Latin text and dictionary entries are always there, so for anyone with a smattering of Latin, it's a minimal inconvenience.
The design of the SPQR Study Guides is a model of simplicity and good sense. It makes the reading of the authors in the series as easy as can be done. To make full use of the Latin text, the ideal reader should have had one or two years of Latin, and thus some familiarity with Latin declensions & conjugations, syntax, and word order. If you have that (even from years ago), you're ready to go, and this wonderful resource will amply reward your effort. The publishers clearly put a lot of thought into how to present a Latin text in electronic format, and they have succeeded brilliantly. Anyone with an interest in Martial (or the other authors in this series) should have this!
Finally, a plug for adding Juvenal to the collection: The Roman who originally asked "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" ("Who will watch over those who watch over us?") certainly asked questions worth pondering in 21st Century America!