Fabulae Ab Urbe Condita

1. Fabulae Ab Urbe Condita Commentary (.pdf, 13.6 mb, Beta 2nd ed. 20 Sept 2016)

Above is a beta version of the 2nd edition of the commentary that covers Latin readings from Aeneas to Cicero. This volume will eventually appear in paperback.

The 2nd ed. (165 pp.) has twice as many readings as the 1st edition (100 pp.) and include accounts of Pyrrhus, the 2nd Punic War (Hannibal, Fabius, Scipio), Tiberius Gracchus, Marius, Pompey the Great, Julius Caesar, and finally Cicero.

The Fabulae Ab Urbe Condita, “Stories from the Founding of the City,” is designed to complement the readings in Fabulae Faciles with a graded reader of intermediate level Latin stories heavily adapted from Livy.

This book will work best as an intermediate textbook that will help Latin readers review grammar and make a successful transition to authentic Latin authors. High school teachers often use these readings at the end of Latin II and in Latin III, while college instructors use the readings in third-semester Latin.

Many Latin readers will recognize these Latin stories from the excellent work in Fabulae Romanae, a popular reader by Gilbert Lawall and David Perry published in 1992. These two authors, however, did not write these stories but pulled them verbatim from a 1919 textbook called A Junior Latin Reader by Frederick Sanford and Harry Scott, the true authors of the adapted stories.

2. Fabulae Ab Urbe Condita Translate Sheets (.pdf, 63 pp. 8 x 11.5 inch) — beta edition

This .pdf includes the Latin text (same format as in the commentary) and lined spaces for readers to write out their translations and take annotations as they translate. These sheets will be reformatted, but I wanted to make them available now for any early adopters of the book.

The Fabulae Ab Urbe Condita, “Stories from the Founding of the City,” is designed to complement the readings in Fabulae Faciles with intermediate level Latin stories heavily adapted from Book 1 and Book 2 of Livy. The stories cover all of the early legends of the kings (e.g. Sabine Women, Horatii brothers, the accounts of all seven kings), accounts of Republican virtue (e.g. Horatius Cocles, Mucius, Cloelia, Cincinnatus), and finally the Gallic Invasion in 395.

This book will work best as an intermediate textbook that will help Latin readers review grammar and make a successful transition to authentic Latin authors. High school teachers often use these readings at the end of Latin II and in Latin III, while college instructors use the readings in third-semester Latin.

Many Latin readers will recognize these Latin stories from the excellent work in Fabulae Romanae, a popular reader by Gilbert Lawall and David Perry published in 1992. These two authors, however, did not write these stories but pulled them verbatim from a 1919 textbook called A Junior Latin Reader by Frederick Sanford and Harry Scott, the true authors of the adapted stories.

 

One thought on “Fabulae Ab Urbe Condita

  1. Don Hamilton says:

    Sanford and Scott created an invaluable resource, and thanks to you for this commentary. However, I must point out that right-clicking to save the docs (under item 3). Instead I had to click on through to an intermediate page. Perhaps it’s just me?

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