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Reading Medieval Latin
by Keith Sidwell
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (24 August, 1995)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good post-Wheelock book
I might as well start by saying that this book is by no means an introduction to Latin. Sidwell himself starts out by saying that, by and large, Medieval Latin is just Latin. It's best to start with a solid background in classical Latin (Wheelock's) and then move to this book when you want to start reading Medieval authors.

As another review noted, Sidwell gives good backgrounds on the changes that occurred in medieval Latin - again, medieval Latin is not some other language, it's simply Latin with some changes in orthography, grammar, and usage. In fact, without a solid background in classical Latin, this book would be almost worthless (except for its dictionary in the back - and even there, most words are defined in terms of their classical Latin equivalents).

Best of all is the appendix with the changes between classical and medieval Latin categorized. I refer to this appendix often when I come to an odd construct in the Vulgate, and it very often answers my questions.

I unfortunately have limited experience with the texts in the book themselves. What little I've looked through seem good, and the introductions are useful; but I've heard several negative comments about some of Sidwell's text choices (one person whom I respect said his choice of texts was "ghoulish".)

But, from my own personal experience, it's a good book as long as you don't try to use it for more than it's designed to do.

1-0 out of 5 stars Learning Latin? Teaching it to Students?
Do yourself or your students a favor and FORGET SIDWELL.
This cancer on the body of Latin education has impaired and imperiled students for too long. Choose Wheelock, choose Scanlon, choose to sit down and memorize Lewis and Short, but please, please, don't keep buying this putrid and detestable mockery of a language course. If you need evidence of this man's utter madness, look to the notes in this volume, or to the glossary: of what possible assistance are notes that tell the student what she is already certain to know while remaining silent when she most needs guidance? Sidwell: the sun has set on your empire of tears; you have had your day.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Solid Overview of Medieval Latin
Sidwell's anthology provides the Latin student with thorough notes, historical background to the authors, and medieval shifts in pronunciation and spelling. Occasionally Sidwell misses possible interpretations ofpassages or provides word-meanings that don't necessarily work well in apassage's context. These shorfalls, however, are hardly significant.Sidwell's book is an enjoyable and worthwhile text. ... Read more

Isbn: 052144747X
Sales Rank: 393738
Subjects:  1. Foreign Language - Dictionaries / Phrase Books    2. General    3. Grammar    4. Language    5. Language Arts & Disciplines    6. Latin    7. Latin language, Medieval and m    8. Latin language, Medieval and modern    9. Readers    10. Grammar & vocabulary    11. Language Arts & Disciplines / General    12. Language readers   


The Medieval Greek Romance
by Roderick Beaton
Paperback (01 January, 1996)
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Isbn: 0415120330
Sales Rank: 770044
Subjects:  1. Ancient and Classical    2. Civilization, Medieval, in lit    3. Civilization, Medieval, in literature    4. History and criticism    5. Literary Criticism    6. Literature - Classics / Criticism    7. Romances, Byzantine    8. Ancient (Classical) Greek    9. Literary studies: classical, early & medieval    10. c 1000 CE to c 1500    11. c 1500 to c 1600   


Byzantine Art (Oxford History of Art)
by Robin Cormack
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 November, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best introductions to the subject
Having had the chance to listen to Robin Cormack speak, and always having had an interest in Byzantine art, I look forward to reading this. I was not disappointed in the least. As Cormack rightly points out both in his introduction and his bibliographic essay, the art of Byzantium is presented either in an homongenous manner, linking all stylistic periods and developments into a monolithic, unchanging facade, or as a realm only the specialist would be willing to engage in. Cormack deftly navigates through the subject in such a manner that is both introductary as well as substantial enough for those already familiar with the subject. Where controverserial arguments are needed, Cormack enthusiastically dives in; where basic explanation is necessary, Cormack elucidates without dumbing-down; where a style of writing is called for to atmospherically render the majesty of the art, Cormack's writing never fails.

For those of us teaching art history classes, finding a textbook devoted to Byzantine art is especially difficult. We now have the classic that will be more than sufficient for years to come. ... Read more

Isbn: 0192842110
Sales Rank: 77189
Subjects:  1. Art    2. Art & Art Instruction    3. Art, Byzantine    4. Early Christian And Byzantine Art    5. European    6. History - General    7. History - Medieval    8. Medieval    9. Subjects & Themes - Religious    10. BCE to c 500 CE    11. Byzantine Empire    12. Byzantine art    13. Europe    14. European history: BCE to c 500 CE    15. European history: c 500 to c 1500    16. c 1000 CE to c 1500    17. c 500 CE to c 1000 CE   


Carmina Burana: Cantiones Profanae
by Carl Orff, Judith Lynn Sebesta, Jeffrey M. Duban
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 June, 1996)
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a very good book.
Sebesta's Cantiones Profanae is excellent as BOTH a textbook and an analysis of this beautiful medieval poetry.Sebesta's translations make for good reading, and the original text with glossaries on the opposing page make this a textbook conducive to both learning and reading for pleasure.We used this book in my university Latin class, and it was both challenging and insightful.It gives a glimpse into medieval European life not often shown in most history classes.I heartily recommend this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
This is essentially a text book.

The level of writing makes it appear that this book is intended for the instruction of adolescents, and considering the rather recent date of publication they would have to be remarkablyatypically "innocent" for this day and age.The questions intended to stimulate discussion are embarrassingly simpleminded in many cases.It is difficult to imagine that this book wouldn't be laughed out of the classroom by most of today's students.

An appendix in the back of the book contain an acceptable translation of the Latin lyrics by someone other than the author.However, the body of the book contains the author's renderings of the Latin poems as well as her comments.What she has done to the poems is a travesty - even as "free" renderings they go way beyond what is acceptable in giving an unfamiliar audience an understanding of the originals.

This has almost nothing to recommend it - there are many that are better.

3-0 out of 5 stars Carmina burana --<-@
The first Carmina Burana is an excellent book. It have been written in the 1200 century. It talk about all the things that happen in the life of an human. At first, the carmina burana was a book of poems but Carl Orff (1895 - 1982)put some music to these fabulous texts. The text of Carl Orff talkabout the spring,alcoolism, gaming and love. If you read this book, be sureto listen the music created by Carl Orff. ... Read more

Isbn: 0865162689
Sales Rank: 418463
Subjects:  1. 1895-    2. Cantatas, Secular    3. Carmina Burana    4. General    5. Illustrations    6. Instruction & Study - Voice    7. Latin    8. Librettos    9. Medieval    10. Music    11. Orff, Carl,    12. Poetry    13. Texts    14. Voice    15. Orff, Carl   


Carmina (Oxford Classical Texts Ser)
by Catullus
Hardcover (01 June, 1958)
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Isbn: 0198146043
Sales Rank: 884214
Subjects:  1. Ancient and Classical    2. Ancient, Classical & Medieval    3. Fiction    4. Literature - Classics / Criticism   


Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World (Harvard University Press Reference Library)
by G.W. Bowersock, Oleg Grabar, G. W. Bowersock
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 November, 1999)
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Editorial Review

Late antiquity--that period of history between 250 and 800 C.E.--was a unique and notable era, when the Roman and Sassanian empires spanned a great arc from the Atlantic coasts of Europe and Morocco across the Mediterranean, into the Balkans, and through the Middle East as far as Afghanistan. Historians have tended to dismiss this era as the decline and fall, and little more. In contrast, the editors of Late Antiquity (all esteemed professors at Princeton) make a great case for this era as the source from which our modern culture sprung. During that time, Constantinople and Baghdad came into being, and paganism took hold of people's imaginations so strongly that it's still with us today. "Much of what was created in that period still runs in our veins," they say, such as the codification of Roman law, the Jewish Talmud, the basic structure and doctrine of the Christian church, and the birth of Islam.

There are learned essays on topics such as Islam, the Christian triumph, and sacred landscapes; habitat, war, and violence; and empire building; as well as a timely piece on barbarians and ethnicity. But these essays, fine though they are, make up but a small fraction of the volume. The lion's share belongs to the alphabetical guide, an A-to-Z encyclopedia of more than 500 entries on items such as almsgiving, angels, bathing, circus factions, contraception, eunuchs, dendrites, Huns, monks, prayer, and pornography. With erudition and clarity, these editors redefine late antiquity, and provide a remarkable source of information for students, sages, history buffs, and antiquity enthusiasts. --Stephanie Gold ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A useful historical guide
The book 'Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World', edited by G.W. Bowerstock, Peter Brown, and Oleg Grabar, is a wonderful collection of essays and encyclopedic articles on the period on a fascinating period of transition and change in the history of the West. This is a period often overlooked and neglected, for it is a period of confusion and uneasy description; the Roman Empire has fallen, but the medieval world has yet to rise. Literature from this historical period is rare, both in terms of history and literary output; the medieval world looms large over late antiquity due to the rise of literature that is more easily accessible to those in the modern world.

The first section of the book consists of interesting essays, as listed below:

Remaking the Past, by Averil Cameron
Sacred Landscapes, by Beatrice Caseau
Philosophical Tradition and the Self, by Henry Chadwick
Religious Communities, by Garth Fowden
Barbarians and Ethnicity, by Patrick J. Geary
War and Violence, by Brent D. Shaw
Empire Building, by Christopher Kelly
Christian Triumph and Controversy, by Richard Lim
Islam, by Hugh Kennedy
The Good Life, by Henry Maguire
Habitat, by Yizhar Hirschfield

To give but one example, in the article 'Sacred Landscapes', Caseau traces the development away from public sacred spaces such as temples to the god to a resacralisation of Christian spaces, which had originally grown up in house-church environments with communal meals short on exclusively sacred spaces, particularly in light of early Christian apologists who saw distinct paganism in the sacralisation of space.

The remaining two-thirds of the book consists of an encyclopedia of late antiquity, including articles on places, events, people, and ideas. This is a wonderful reference, and, sitting next to my Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, a much-valued collection and much-used book.

Sometimes called 'The Dark Ages', in fact the historical period between the classical Roman Imperial times and the Medieval period was a period of transition and disarray, but was far from the uncultured, unlettered and uninspiring period it sometimes seems.This volume will help historians and others reclaim a little more of their own past.

4-0 out of 5 stars Part Brilliant, Part Dull
Late Antiquity is a series of eleven essays covering an array of topics related to Europe and the Middle East from 250 to 800 C.E.Like every collection from a variety of authors, it represents a mixed bag.At its best, like Beatrice Caseau's "Sacred Landscapes," it is eye-opening and provocative. (Caseau describes for us how pagan temples became Christianized, or how Christian holy sites were transformed into Muslim sites - a question that likely would never occur to the lay reader, but once asked demands answering.)Not every article is as enticing however.For example, Henry Chadwick misses a great opportunity with "Philosophical Tradition and the Self."Rather than relate to us just how individuals in late antiquity viewed the self, Chadwick chooses to desribe debates between late antiquity writers; only professors hopelessly lost in academia could possibly care about Iamblichus' criticisms of Porphyry.

The final half of the book is taken up with an encyclopedia, whose entries are . . . eclectic.The Emperor Maurice is absent, for example, but Ephrem (a Syrian deacon and hymnist) receives nearly two columns of treatment.Nor is there an entry for Arianism, but the Donatists get an extensive write-up.

There is much to enjoy and learn from in Late Antiquity.The articles by Cameron, Caseau, Geary, Shaw, and Lim alone make a trip to the local library well worthwhile.Whether the book is a must for the lay reader's library is more difficult to say.

1-0 out of 5 stars One reader's experience with the book
This book contains very little about individuals.For example, Belisarius is not even listed in the index, let alone having an entry.Though that is not my kind of history, I bought the book anyway since late antiquity is one of my favorite periods of history.I hoped the articles would be engagingly written and make up for lack of attention to the interesting personages of the time.But all the articles I tried to read I found rather hard going.... ... Read more

Isbn: 0674511735
Subjects:  1. Ancient - General    2. Ancient World History    3. Classical dictionaries    4. History    5. History - General History    6. History: World    7. Reference   


Qusayr 'Amra: Art and the Umayyad Elite in Late Antique Syria (Transformation of the Classical Heritage)
by Garth Fowden
Hardcover (01 September, 2004)
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Isbn: 0520236653
Sales Rank: 505219
Subjects:  1. 622-750    2. Ancient - General    3. Arabic poetry    4. Art & Art Instruction    5. Foreign influences    6. History    7. History and criticism    8. History: World    9. Jordan    10. Middle East - General    11. Mural painting and decoration,    12. Mural painting and decoration, Umayyad    13. Qusayr Amrah (Jordan : Dwelli    14. Techniques - General   


An Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic: An Elementary Grammar of the Language
by Wheeler M. Thackston
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 August, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Already know a Semitic language?
This book is PERFECT if you already know a Semitic language such as Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Samaritan, Akkadian... YOU ALREADY KNOW 80% OF KORANIC GRAMMAR, and about 30% of the roots. You need to focus on the new material. Most Arabic textbooks ease students into Arabic grammar by distributing basic forms across several chapters--i.e. 2nd person pronominal suffixes in week 5, 3rd person in week 7. This can be very tedious if you already know a semitic language. In contrast, Thackston is organized like a reference grammar: all enclitic pronouns in a single chapter, all reflexive verbs at once... But unlike a reference grammar, every chapter also includes readings and exercises that focus on core vocabulary and grammar. Also, in contrast to reference grammars, Thackston contains no dissertations on hapax legomena or syntactical exotica. :-) Very highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars tough book, but a tough language, too
Wheeler Thackston's book has no peer.There are many good books on Arabic grammar, but I know none that explains the language as clearly, honestly, and pitilessly as this.It's rough going and tough to use, but only because Arabic itself is an awfully difficult language.Other books that try to ease readers into the language through simplifications and inexact descriptions ultimate do the readers a disservice.If you want to learn to read classical texts, get this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars warning: very traditionally oriented
this book is well-organized, and utterly without editing mistakes -- a real refreshing change compared to basically all other books on arabic that i've seen.however, it teaches you **koranic** arabic.this is NOT the same as "modern standard", and this book is not very helpful in learning any variety of arabic used today.the vocabulary, grammar and exercises all have a very strong koranic tilt, and this is not what you are looking for, you will be disappointed.also, the teaching method used is the very traditional "grammar-translation" method, which is not for everyone.however, this book makes a great reference for those who really want to learn straight classical arabic circa 600 AD, or for those who are interested in arabic from a historical-linguistic perspective. ... Read more

Isbn: 0936347406
Sales Rank: 38830
Subjects:  1. Arabic    2. Arabic Language    3. English    4. Foreign Language - Dictionaries / Phrase Books    5. Foreign Language Study    6. Grammar    7. Koran    8. Language    9. Language, style    10. Textbooks for foreign speakers   


An Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic: An Elementary Grammar of the Language Key to Exercise
by W. M. Thackston, Wheeler M. Thackston
Paperback (01 June, 1994)
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Isbn: 0936347511
Sales Rank: 103357
Subjects:  1. Arabic    2. Arabic language    3. Composition and exercises    4. English    5. Foreign Language - Dictionaries / Phrase Books    6. Foreign Language Study    7. Grammar    8. Koran    9. Language    10. Language, style    11. Textbooks for foreign speakers   


Hebrew Manuscripts of the Middle Ages
by Colette Sirat, Nicholas De Lange
Hardcover (21 March, 2002)
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Isbn: 0521770793
Sales Rank: 1326300
Subjects:  1. Bibliographies & Indexes    2. Facsimiles    3. History    4. Judaism - General    5. Manuscripts, Hebrew    6. Manuscripts, Medieval    7. Reference    8. Religion    9. to 1500    10. History of art: BCE to c 500 CE, ancient & classical world    11. Judaism    12. Religion / Judaism / General   


Jewish Multiglossia: Hebrew, Arabic, & Castilian in Medieval Spain (Estudios Juderespanoles)
by Elaine R. Miller
Paperback (01 August, 2000)
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Isbn: 093638896X
Sales Rank: 1237070
Subjects:  1. History    2. Religion   

Medieval Hebrew; The Midrash; The Kabbalah (Sacred Books and Early Literature of the East, Vol. 4) (Sacred Books & Early Literature of the East)
by Charles F. Horne
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Isbn: 0766100081
Sales Rank: 684506
Subjects:  1. Judaism    2. Judaism - Kabbalah & Mysticism    3. Judaism - Sacred Writings    4. Literary Criticism   


Wine, Women, and Death: Medieval Hebrew Poems on the Good Life
by Raymond P. Scheindlin
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Isbn: 0195129873
Sales Rank: 463052
Subjects:  1. Anthologies (multiple authors)    2. Hebrew Poetry    3. Hebrew poetry, Medieval    4. Jewish    5. Medieval    6. Poetry    7. Translations into English    8. Hebrew    9. Poetry & poets: classical, early & medieval    10. Poetry anthologies: classical, early & medieval    11. Spain    12. c 1000 CE to c 1500   


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