This is a graded reader of adapted readings for students. If you are looking for Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita Book 1, click here.
1. Fabulae Ab Urbe Condita Commentary (.pdf, 13.8 mb, 2nd ed. 9 May 2017)
This volume is a graded reader of Roman legends and biographies, which over 100 years ago the authors Frederick Sanford and Harry Scott adapted in part from Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita Books 1 and 2 and in part from Charles Lhomond’s 1779 De viris illustibus urbis Romae a Romulo ad Augustum. The purpose of the stories is to give students who have already completed their study of elementary grammar additional practice before reading authentic Latin prose. Sanford and Scott’s book begins with the travels of Aeneas, continues with accounts of the seven kings and the heroics of the early Republic, traces the main figures of the Punic wars, and finishes with several short biographies including those of Caesar and Cicero.
Secondary level teachers will find that this book is more suitable for 3rd or 4th year students than 2nd year students. Fabulae Ab Urge Condita assumes that its readers have already completed their initial review of grammar. There are very few subjunctive constructions during the narrative of the regal period, and those who are looking for a robust review of subjunctives should consider the Argonauts episode in Ritchie’s Fabulae Faciles or another alternative.
2. Fabulae Ab Urbe Condita Translation Sheets (.pdf, 129 pp.) — 6 May 2017
These 8.5 x 11 inch pages include the Latin text of Fabulae Ab Urge Condita formatted exactly as it appears in the paperback edition with lined spaces for readers to write out their notes as the read. A .doc copy of this file is available below.
3. Fabulae Ab Urbe Condita Translation Sheets in .doc format (.zip, .doc, 129 pp.) This link will open a separate window, where readers may click a green button and download the file.
This .zip file contains the translation sheets in 129 individual .doc files. The purpose of this file is to enable teachers (1) to copy and paste the Latin text and retain formatting for quizzes and handouts and (2) to add images (e.g. maps, artifacts), exercises, and other features to enhance their handouts.
4. PowerPoint Presentation 1 of 2: Aeneas to the Gallic Invasion (.pptx, 35 mb) — May 2017
5. PowerPoint Presentation 2 of 2: Pyrrhus to Cicero (.pptx, 40 mb) — May 2017
6. Core Vocabulary list, Running vocabulary (.doc, 7 pp.) — May 2017
7. Core Vocabulary List, Alphabetized vocabulary (.pdf, 2 pp., in landscape mode) – May 2017
Since core vocabulary words are not included on the same page as the text, readers will have to consult the alphabetized list in the back of the book. If you wish to avoid avoid flipping pages, I recommend that you download this pdf, print it out front and back, and keep it by your side as you read the book.