Friday, January 29, 2010

A new book in the Wheelock's Latin series

From Richard A. LaFleur—one of the country’s leading Latinists and the editor of the Wheelock’s Latin series—this new reader is the perfect complement to any Latin program, and the first to offer original Latin source text for every level, from beginner to advanced.

Beginning with simple graffiti and moving toward longer passages, Scribblers, Sculptors, and Scribes provides only contemporary source material, including inscriptions, proverbs, and texts. The book also offers introductions to authors/passages, photos and illustrations, maps, discussion and comprehension questions, grammar capsules, and more. The author will also create an online Teacher’s Guide and Answer Key, comparable to the existing guide to Wheelock’s Latin.

(Offer expires on February 28, 2010.)

Scribblers, Sculptors, and Scribes will publish in May 2010. However, if you are an educator, you can preview the complete book for free in ebook format. Send us an email to let us know where you teach and how many students are in your class—and we'll send the url and your password to download your free preview copy.


  1. Here's a bit more info:
    A unique anthology of readings for those beginning, or continuing, their study of Latin, SCRIBBLERS, SCVLPTORS, AND SCRIBES contains entirely authentic, unaltered texts from ancient Rome. The reading selections, and accompanying illustrations, provide a wide range of insights into Roman daily life as well as Latin literature. The volume’s readings include:

    –numerous graffiti, with thoughts on love, hate, sex, politics, death, and sweetheart gladiators, scribbled by “creative” Romans–-men, women, and children–-on the walls, gates, windows, and doors of houses and shops, latrines, amphitheaters, and other handy locations, especially in Pompeii, where so many such texts were preserved in the cataclysm of A.D. 79;

    –dozens of other inscriptions produced by ancient "scvlptores," the Latin term for those who engraved on stone, bronze, silver and gemstones, mosaic tiles, pottery, and other durable materials a variety of texts ranging from epitaphs, religious dedications, and instructions for the return of fugitive slaves, to “Beware of the Dog” and “Bathe Well” signs, oracular responses, and the inauguration of public buildings;

    –a host of well-known and not-so-well-known literary texts, both formal literary passages and a collection of excerpted proverbs and maxims, transmitted to us via the labors of ancient and medieval scribes and drawn from the works of such poets as Catullus, Sulpicia, Horace, Phaedrus, Martial, and Juvenal, and the prose writers Cicero, Sallust, Nepos, Apicius, Petronius, Seneca, Pliny, St. Jerome (including translations from the Old and New Testaments), Aulus Gellius, and others.

    Intended in particular as a companion to WHEELOCK’S LATIN, the anthology’s design features–-including texts of gradually increasing difficulty, comprehensive vocabulary aids, systematically focused grammar questions, and a “Summary of Forms” appendix–-make it suitable for use alongside any introductory college or high-school Latin textbook. The hundreds of reading selections are accompanied by numerous illustrations and maps of ancient Italy and the Roman Empire.

  2. An excellent supplemental text for high school Latin I & II classes. Scribblers provides plenty of practice translating "real" Latin and, most importantly, will help students as they transition to reading the authors found in upper level/AP Latin courses.

    Brad Tillery

  3. I love this book. I have the educator preview on Adobe Digital Editions (which I can read on my computer but not the mobile device that I use, the iPhone and iPad)

    Unfortunately, the Kindle version is very wonky. The font for long vowels is different than the regular font used for every other character, so words are difficult to read. This is especially true if you change the font size, because the letters with macrons do not change size.

    The "Proverbia Et Dicta" section at the end of each chapter is also not formatted correctly.

    I hope the formatting challenges can be worked out, or (better for me) the gorgeous Adobe Digital Edition can be accessed on the iPad.

    Bill Jennings, Latin Teacher