Martial and Seneca
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For my students at Cardinal Gibbons High School, I have prepared annotated texts of some of the simpler and cleaner epigrams of Martial and (in one case) Seneca. None includes any subjunctive verbs, much less gerunds or supines, and most do not contain any passives. Since they were chosen for ease of reading, not all are particularly funny.
Each of the following links goes to a one-page Word 2000 for Windows file. Except for the Seneca, which takes up the whole page, each file contains two copies of a half-page text, side by side in landscape mode. Making the handouts 8.5" x 5.5" saves paper and avoids intimidating the less adventurous students. I have used acute accents to mark the long syllables, since (a) that is what the Romans used, and (b) they work with any printer. I asked my Honors students to do some of the work of compiling the notes, so their last names are tucked in under some of the texts.
Readers are welcome to use these files as they please for legitimate non-profit educational purposes, as long as they do not:
Readers are welcome to delete vocabulary that students in a particular course are supposed to know, or to fiddle with the heights and widths of the tables to make them fit metric paper sizes. Other changes should not be made without consulting me first.
Here are the files I have finished (more are on the way):
Please e-mail if you have any corrections or suggestions. I am particularly interested in improving the questions at the end of each.