Posted by Dennis » 1 Comment »
I see that a new introductory Greek textbook has been reviewed in the BMCR, and the reviewer makes comparisons to Athenaze. But how does it compare with Luschnig? I only ask because I want to see my name in print for a while yet.
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One thing I’d wanted for a long time to help prepare my students to read authentic Latin was a good outline map of Rome that would give them a pedagogically useful way of thinking about the regions of ancient Italy.
It’s been a while since I drew map, but if I recall I based most of it on the full-color map found in Shepherd’s Historical Atlas.
And here’s a PDF of the Regions of Ancient Italy, which can be printed off for your students.
Of course it would be wrong-headed to think about these regions as anything like modern states, and any detailed study of a particular period would necessarily vary from what I’m presenting here, but I think the following is useful, and my students seem to have learned a bit about the regions. We’ll see how well it helps them as we move forward, and can think about various places mentioned in texts as falling within a much more quantifiable map.
When I teach the map I have students first pay attention to some major groups, namely Galli, Etrusci, Latini, Sabelli, et Graeci. Then I talk Roman expansion, have them mark the major areas, and fill-in the gaps.
And here’s your answer key:
Posted by Eric » 1 Comment »
Just saw this on the Classics-L list: Claude Levi-Strauss has died. He lived to be 100. Here is a link to an obituary. The opening:
L’ethnologue et anthropologue Claude Lévi-Strauss est mort dans la nuit du samedi 31 octobre au dimanche 1er novembre à l’âge de 100 ans, selon le service de presse de l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) contacté par Le Monde.fr. Plon, la maison d’édition de l’auteur de Tristes Tropiques, a également confirmé l’information diffusée par Le Parisien.fr en fin d’après-midi. Claude Lévi-Strauss, qui a renouvelé l’étude des phénomènes sociaux et culturels, notamment celle des mythes, aurait eu 101 ans le 28 novembre.