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Sallust's Bellum Catilinae Uncut and Revised ed. Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0891305606
ISBN-10: 0891305602
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"This new commentary, while going into a good deal of detail on the historical side...is laudably concerned at every turn to make sure that the student understands Sallust's grammar.... Ramsey has read his text with attention, and will stimulate his readers to do the same."-- Michael Winterbottom, Classical Review


"The commentary is a mine of solid information for students, not only on the immediate topic, but also on related aspects of Roman civilization.... It is an exemplary commentary for the modern student of Sallust."--Thomas Scanlon, Classical World


"Ramsey has produced what is likely to become the standard textbook for all intermediate students of Latin studying Sallust.... It has just the right balance of all the factors necessary for such a student to gain a good understanding of this great work and its author."--Darel Engen, Favonius


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Text: English, Latin
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Product Details

  • Series: American Philological Association Textbook Series (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Uncut and Revised ed. edition (May 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891305602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891305606
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,561,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Sallust's Bellum Catilinae contains the Latin text of Sallust's work on the conspiracy of Catiline along with a concise introduction and commentary by J.T. Ramsey.

The introduction begins with a brief overview of the life and works of Sallust, discusses Sallust's contribution to Roman historiography, introduces his general style of writing and has a few words on the textual tradition of the Bellum Catilinae. Ramsey then gives a short account of the conspiracy of Catiline, followed by a timeline of events. Finally, the introduction concludes with an analysis Sallust's narrative.

The Latin text is based on the text in Ernout's 1958 Bude edition with a few modifications.

The commentary mostly has notes on the grammar and syntax of the text, but also on style and sometimes even discusses questions of textual criticism, it often explains important concepts and, where needed, gives the reader further information on historical matters. The commentary, however, is not at all historical or philological in nature, but rather designed to be of aid to readers who's main concern is to be able to read and understand the Latin text. In my opinion, Ramseys notes do a fine job of this and are generally very helpful.

I recommend this book to those who wish to experience the pleasure of reading Sallust in Latin. Ramseys commentary will almost certainly make it an easier task as well as enrich the experience.
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This is a wonderful Latin text--the text is presented uninterrupted and then over half the book is commentary--vocabulary and commentary on why a certain Latin word was used over another one and what certain Latin words meant at the time of composition. This is a wonderful book to add to my collection of Latin texts and one that I can return to for reference time and time again
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I read this author & work from a Teubner text (a critical text w/ zero commentary) in 1975. Wish I'd had this book back then. Helpful in matters literary, historical and grammatical ('tho students always complain textbooks don't do enough grammar: one can never find the happy medium). Ramsey is highly competent in all the above areas and writes clearly and well. Sallust is an interesting read, with some fascinating early Latin quirks in orthography and expression.

Seller was very fast and book in pristine condition.
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This book is Roman history written by a Roman around Caesar's time.....there is no contrived plot of course, but it is a fascinating narrative of intrigue, double-dealing and just plain murder.
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