Here is the Epistle to the Hebrews with the first thirty pages of commentary, a running vocabulary, index, and expanded dictionary: adding new bells and whistles as well as further modification of design details has led to some delays, but I hope to finish out the beta-version (the last thirty pages, most of which are done but not finalized) by the end of the month. Afterward I will finish the Index and the Patristic Catena, which I am appending to this commentary to make it as widely serviceable as possible. I hope to have it in paperback by the end of September.
Additionally, I have uploaded a (mildy) revised version of the Confessions Commentary and, per request, Translation Sheets.
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At long last the commentary has made its way to Amazon (North America, Europe, and Japan). I hope to add de Civitate Dei I sometime in August. An intermediate commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews is slated to appear much earlier.
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Here is a link to Confessions I on Amazon (USA). It is also available in the UK, Europe, and Japan. Please contact me with questions or corrections (my name exactly as in the url) @gmail.com. Below is the commentary as a PDF for download.
A Pharr-Formatted Commentary for Augustine
After the style of commentators like Clyde Pharr and Geoffrey Steadman, I have created a Latin commentary for Confessions Book I aimed at beginning and intermediate students of the language. Though with the Confessions we may be in better shape than with any other late Latin texts, having the commentaries of both James O’Donnell and Gillian Clark, there remains relatively little in the way of help for beginning or intermediate students of Latin. And thanks to the kindness of Dr. O’Donnell, I was also able to use his Latin text in creating this commentary and providing that help.
Anticipating that some might hesitate to teach a late Latin text early in the curriculum, lest freshly acquired grammar-rules for Caesar and Cicero — short for Classical Latin prose — collapse, I have also tried, in addition to giving rudimentary explanations of grammar and syntax, to mark off those places where Augustine transgresses Classical Latin’s “rules” as a pedagogical convenience.
To this end I have included references from Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar (which is available online and searchable) as well as the introduction to the Latin text of the Confessions by Cambell and McGuire. In so doing I hope to have served both students of Classical Latin making a brief excursion into the world of Late Antiquity as well as the students of Augustine’s Latin in particular.
I intend to follow up this commentary on the Latin side with Book I of the de Civitate Dei (late this Fall).
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