"Beyer has the students’ perspective firmly in mind when compiling material for this compact and comprehensive reader. Students today, much like Eutropius’ original audience, will find Book I to be a useful, episodic overview of early Roman history. . . . Instructors will find the consistent review of grammatical constructions throughout the book invaluable, and I think it is an excellent choice for beginning students transitioning from their textbook to Latin prose."—Debra Freas, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Attractive and enriching, this is a unique book with real prose that is intelligible to a relative newcomer with the basics or even just patience. Here we have a book for intelligent Latin beginners who are curious about Roman roots."—Michael Idomir Allen, University of Chicago
"Perfectly strikes that elusive balance between the exhaustingly minute and mere gloss . . . Expertly clears the way for progressing Latin students and their teachers to engage Roman history."—Dale Grote, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
In this text for upper-beginner and intermediate students, Brian Beyer collects authentic Latin prose from Book I of Eutropius’s Breviarium ab urbe condita, which covers Roman history from Rome’s foundation to the sack of Rome by the Gauls. Eutropius’s easy style and accessible vocabulary make his Breviarium ideal for students transitioning from the simplified Latin of a first-year textbook. Bottom-of-the-page glosses, passages in English from the Roman historian Livy, a running commentary on grammar and syntax, historical notes, and compiled vocabulary allow students insight into the foundational myths of ancient Rome and the historical context of Eutropius’s narrative.