NOTES AND TEXTS FOR ASPIRING STUDENTS OF ANTIQUITY
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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 be hesitant to teach a late Latin text early in the curriculum lest the 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 (hopefully by this fall).
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