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Cicero's First Catilinarian Oration [Paperback]

Marcus Tullius Cicero , Karl Frerichs
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January 1997 0865163413 978-0865163416 annotated edition
Cicero's First Catilinarian speech is now available in a practical and inexpensive annotated edition for third-year Latin students. In light of existing textbooks, Karl Frerichs' new edition has several important and distinguished strengths. 1. Clear, tripartite page layout for text, vocabulary, and notes on facing pages. 2. Running vocabulary separate from notes and complete vocabulary at the end. 3. Introduction and Glossary of Terms and Figures of Speech provide basic biographical, historical, and rhetorical background. 4. Maps and illustrations.

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Frerich’s text accomplishes precisely what a book of this sort should. I hope he takes time to write more of them. -- Dale Grote, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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5.0 out of 5 stars Standard text in student-friendly format July 23 2003
Format:Paperback
Cicero's First Catilinarian is a great read for students just finishing grammar and moving towards translation of Classic works. Frerichs' edition of this oration makes that transition smooth with this book's numerous aids to students.
The Introduction provides background on Cicero, Catiline's conspiracy, and Latin oratory itself, as well as maps of the Forum and Italy. Having this information available puts this oration into context, and students will have a better time understanding Cicero's references. Before the text of the oration, the book also has a glossary of terms and figures of speech, which also prepares students nicely.
The Latin text has vocabulary on the facing page, and many notes beneath on grammar, idioms, etc. A comprehensive glossary in the back serves as quick reference to unfamiliar words. About 60 pages long, students won't complain about having to take this book home! With a student-friendly format, Frerichs' book is wonderful for any student of Cicero's important oration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Standard text in student-friendly format July 23 2003
By "wumouse" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Cicero's First Catilinarian is a great read for students just finishing grammar and moving towards translation of Classic works. Frerichs' edition of this oration makes that transition smooth with this book's numerous aids to students.
The Introduction provides background on Cicero, Catiline's conspiracy, and Latin oratory itself, as well as maps of the Forum and Italy. Having this information available puts this oration into context, and students will have a better time understanding Cicero's references. Before the text of the oration, the book also has a glossary of terms and figures of speech, which also prepares students nicely.
The Latin text has vocabulary on the facing page, and many notes beneath on grammar, idioms, etc. A comprehensive glossary in the back serves as quick reference to unfamiliar words. About 60 pages long, students won't complain about having to take this book home! With a student-friendly format, Frerichs' book is wonderful for any student of Cicero's important oration.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak on grammatical notes Dec 7 2007
By Ian Drummond - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I used this text alongside of Cerutti's Pro Archia (2nd ed.), and I found Frerich's edition of the First Catillinarian to be sorely lacking in comparison. First, the running vocabulary is presented alphabetically on each page, not by line number, extending the time it takes to find words. This may sound minor, but it makes a difference over the course of several hundred lines. But more significantly, the notes were too few and far between. After a while, I found myself forgetting to check the grammatical notes because most of the time, they didn't address the problem with which I was working. Cerutti's Pro Archia notes, on the other hand, were copious and much more detailed. So in summary Frerich's edition is useful in so far as it gives running vocabulary and a few grammatical notes, but I would choose many other annotated editions before his.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Educational Tool April 3 2001
By Tyler Marvin - Published on Amazon.com
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This 60 page book provides aspiring latin scholars with the chance to understand and translate an important part of history. With it's glossary and included grammar helps a student with three years of latin should find this an interesting and exciting piece of authentic literature.
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and thought provoking Jan. 4 2014
By Christopher Charles Helwig - Published on Amazon.com
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This is, truly, one of the greatest speeches of our modern era. Mr. Cicero here presents his case with vigor and passion and I think Senator Catiline's guilt will be clear to all who read it. It shocks me that abuses, such as the ones Mr. Cicero describes, were allowed to continue for so long in this great country. In my opinion Mr. Cicero's speech is of such eloquent quality that it should be required reading for all school children.
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Latin exercise Aug. 24 2013
By David A. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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For novice Latinates, this book is an excellent resource to practice translating actual Latin texts. There is a general glossary of terms at the back of the book, as well as a gloss particular to the actual passage on every page. In addition the supplemental help provides contexts and idiomatic phrasing help. A good book.
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