Cicero: A Legamus Transitional Reader introduces students to Cicero's Latin via selections from his Pro Archia. Introductory materials include an overview of the life and works of Cicero, historical context, and bibliography. The authors combine special visual featuresuincluding line alignments based on meaning with the "pass through" methoduto make Cicero's sometimes complicated prose more student-friendly. Appendices on grammar and figures of speech as well as a pull-out vocabulary complete the book's student aids. After finishing Cicero: A Legamus Transitional Reader, students will be prepared to undertake a more complete study of Cicero in an upper level Latin literature or college level course.
pre-reading materials to help students understand underlying cultural, historical, and literary concepts
review explanations of grammatical and syntactical usage, with practice exercises
"pass through" approach that begins with the main statement and adds clauses with each "pass" thus assisting students in unraveling Cicero's complex sentences
first versions of the Latin text with transitional aids: lines aligned to facilitate comprehension, implied words in parentheses, difficult noun-adjective pairings in different fonts
complete vocabulary and grammatical notes on facing pages
post-reading materials that encourage appreciation of Cicero's style, reflection on what has been read, and making connections to the modern world
final version of each Latin text without transitional aids, but with notes and vocabulary
pull-out vocabulary of frequently used Latin words
four maps and eighteen illustrations that complement the Latin selections and background essays
Judith Lynn Sebesta earned her BA in Classics from the University of Chicago and her PhD in Classics from Stanford University. She has served as Professor of Classics and as Chair of the Department of history at the University of South Dakota where she has been recognized for outstanding teaching: Belbas-Larson Teaching Award 2003, Professor of the Year 2003, and the Cutler Award in Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, 2004. The recipient of the American Classical League Emeritus/Emerita Award in 2008, Sebesta has been a leader in ACI, activities.