Pharr-formatted beta for Euripides’ Bacchae now available

A completed draft of the Pharr-formatted commentary for Euripides’ Bacchae is available for free in PDF format on the Euripides’ Bacchae page on this website.

Each of the 93 pages of commentary includes 15 lines of Greek–with all corresponding vocabulary (5 for fewer times) and grammatical notes below on the same page. Core vocabulary occurring 6 or more times has been included in a running list in the preface and an alphabetized list in the glossary.

This is a very early draft and is intended for early adopters who plan to read the text in the next few months. This commentary has not been proofread and truly is a rough draft. I plan to rewrite, reformat, lengthen, and proofread the work in future revisions until a first edition is available in paperback and in pdf later this year.

Finally, a note of thanks to all who made recommendations for future commentaries in the previous post. Even if I did not respond directly to your comment, I am taking all of your suggestions seriously as I consider future titles. Thank you.

What Latin/Greek text would you like to see next as a Pharr-formatted commentary?

If you have a Latin or Greek text that you would like to see as a commentary on this website and in paperback, please add your suggestion to the comments to this post.

Recent recommendations have included Tacitus’ Annales 1 or 14, Thucydides Book 6 (perhaps a two part commentary), Plato’s Timaeus (two parts?), and Eutropius’ later books (imperial period).

Thank you in advance for all suggestions.

Update (26July22): A draft of Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War Book 6 has been completed and is now available on the Thucydides webpage. The commentary will be thoroughly revised this fall.

Other authors have made me aware that they are working on the Timaeus and Agamemnon. If I receive any updates, I will pass them along.

Recommend changes or additions to College Vergil or College Caesar

If you are a student or teacher who would like to recommend changes or additions to the College Vergil or College Caesar commentaries, you can suggest changes by adding comments directly to the pdf linked through Adobe cloud or contact me privately in an email or blog comment. No change is too small.

College Vergil and College Caesar all the selections on the College Board AP exam.

I promise to take your suggestions seriously and include most changes in a weekly revision to the paperback and pdf on this website. More substantial changes–such as additional sections–may take a few more weeks to complete. Thank you.

How teachers can use the pdf to enhance instruction (reposted)

Teachers have contacted me and offered a number of ways that they use the pdf to enhance instruction. Below are a few tips worth passing along:

(1) Enlarge the pdf on the desktop which you are projecting to create a quick and easy presentation.

(2) Enlarge the pdf on the desktop and take screenshot images of the selected text (Mac: shift-command-4, Windows: Snipping tool) to insert in presentations, handouts, quizzes, and tests. (Enlarging the pdf improves the image resolution.) This is a very easy way to maintain formatting between the book, presentations, and handouts.

(3) Post the pdf (or a link to the pdf) on your class website and ask that students use the paperback in class and pdf at home or vice versa and not carry the book in their book bags. This method discourages daily wear-and-tear on your books and yet ensures that students always have access to the commentary.

(4) Need flashcards? Search Quizlet or Anki before you make your own. The flashcards may already have been created. If you wish to make your own flashcards, most applications allow you to copy and paste vocabulary and then ask what punctuation you wish to use to divide up the word from the definition. Choose “:” (a colon) and within seconds you will convert the vocabulary list copied from the pdf into a set of flashcards. Then, simply copy the link to the flashcard set and send it to your students.

(5) Use the search function in the pdf to find relevant grammar constructions throughout the commentary: e.g. search “subj” to find all labeled subjunctive constructions and “dat” to find labeled dative constructions.

(6) If the students have mastered the core vocabulary, copy and paste selected dictionary entries from the corresponding vocabulary sections (e.g. word occurring 3-8 times) as you read to create vocabulary lists for students to review and memorize.

If you have any other suggestions to add to this list, please let me know.

Pharr-formatted Epistle to the Hebrews (from the Christian New Testament) available in paperback and pdf download

J. Shaw’s commentary is now available on Amazon here (for 13.95 USD), and the latest pdf version is available as a free download here on his website.

J. Shaw’s commentary on St. Augustine’s Confessions is also available on Amazon here (for 9.95 USD), and the latest pdf version is available as a free download here on his website

Finally, a very early beta edition for 10 Letters of Seneca is available on this website.

Pharr-formatted Ovid’s Ars Amatoria Book 1 now in print and in pdf

J, S. has just published  a Pharr-formatted commentary on Ars Amatoria Book 1, a didactic poem that instructs readers on how to pick up members of the opposite sex. The opening lines are known to be a bit challenging, but if you read ahead just a little, you will be rewarded with a guided tour of the best places to find love in Rome.

If you have enjoyed reading Ovid in the past but never considered Ars Amatoria, it is certainly a great summer read. The paperback is available on Amazon here, and a free pdf of the commentary is available on her website here.