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Scribblers, Scvlptors and Scribes

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A Must-Have Companion for Every Student Beginning Latin

Scribblers, Scvlptors, and Scribes is the first collection of entirely authentic, unadapted, unsimplified classical Latin texts that beginning students, from the very first day of their introduction to Latin, can read, enjoy, and profit from. These selections provide a wide range of insights into not just the minds of Rome's movers and shakers–her politicians and generals, philosophers and great poets–but also into the daily lives of the Average Joe and Jane Roman.

Beginning with simple graffiti, Scribblers, Sculptors, and Scribes moves toward longer inscriptions and literary texts as students progress. Designed to accompany the bestselling Wheelock's curriculum, its 40 chapters are linked with the 40 chapters of Wheelock's Latin, but the book's readings and design features make it suitable for use alongside any introductory college or high school Latin textbook. Packed with hundreds of actual Latin inscriptions, proverbs, and literary texts, this unique textbook also includes dozens of photos and illustrations, maps, discussion and comprehension questions, grammar capsules, a Latin–English vocabulary section, a summary of forms, and much more.

Praise for Scribblers, Scvlptors, and Scribes

"Witty and engaging, Richard A. LaFleur’s Scribblers, Scvlptors, and Scribes is much more than a companion to Wheelock’s Latin. This stimulating work provides a rich context that helps both students and scholars understand the relationship between thought and expression in the living, social dynamics of ancient Rome.” Richard Leo Enos, Piper Professor and Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric and Composition, Texas Christian University

"Expertly edited by Richard A. LaFleur . . . Scribblers, Scvlptors, and Scribes includes inscriptions by the common Roman armed only with stilus or paintbrush (graffiti, electoral programmata), formal engravings on durable materials (such as architectural ruins, funerary monuments, coins, and artifacts) by amateur and professional workmen, as well as 'quotable quotes' and excerpts from literary texts preserved by Roman secretaries and monastic copyists." Sharon Kazmierski, The Classical Outlook

"Great book. An interesting range of subject matter as well as various genres. It's a nice challenge to try and duplicate in the English translation the genre used. The inscriptions section really brings the Latin to life. Richard's explanations and notes are extremely thorough. A book suitable for everyone, the complete beginner or those who have been studying Latin for years."  Gerald Yorweth, British Council

"Gratias, gratias, gratias!  I am thoroughly enjoying your new book!  It is filling a need in my teaching--the need to easily talk about Roman culture without sacrificing grammar . . . (and) to breathe life into the daily existence of those who spoke Latin." Nanette Eisenhart, Georgia Southern University

I really like the book, because you see the Latin as it was actually written by the Romans. Ingrid, Latin student

About the Author

Richard A. LaFleur Richard A. LaFleur is Franklin Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Georgia. He is the author of numerous textbooks and other publications on Latin language, literature, pedagogy, and teacher-training. He has served as Editor of The Classical Outlook, President of the American Classical League, Head of the University of Georgia’s Department of Classics and is recipient of the American Philological Association's national award for excellence in the teaching of Classics.

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