Disce! An Introductory Latin Course, Volume 2

Paperback | December 31, 2010

byKenneth Kitchell, Thomas Sienkewicz

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Designed to bring students to the point where they can read Latin fluently,

DISCE! combines the best of both the grammar approach and reading method.


An original, unified story provides controlled introduction to vocabulary and grammar in context while also utilizing orderly and clear grammar explanations in every chapter. It thus combines the grammar approach and the reading-based approach. The guiding principle throughout is what is best for the student and for the particular concepts being studied at any given moment.  Additionally, Disce! weaves culture throughout the text, and stresses the role of Classical culture in the modern world by the many links drawn between Latin and modern languages, and between Roman practices and modern culture.  Disce ! is also the first text to be supported by MyLatinLab, providing the most modern course management and online support to a Classical language.


DISCE! is for use in introductory Latin programs and is suitable for both high school and college students.

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Designed to bring students to the point where they can read Latin fluently, DISCE! combines the best of both the grammar approach and reading method.   An original, unified story provides controlled introduction to vocabulary and grammar in context while also utilizing orderly and clear grammar explanations in every chapter...

Kenneth F. Kitchell, Jr. is Professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts.  Prior to this he taught at Louisiana State University for 22 years and he taught high school in Chicago for two years. He also served, in 1989, as the Gertrude Smith Professor and co-director of the Summer Program of the American School of Classic...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.9 × 7.8 × 0.7 inPublished:December 31, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents



Table of Contents
Vol. 2 (Chapters 21-40)


Chapter 21     Hospitium

Philemon Baucisque (Ovid. Metamorphōsēs 8.631-635)

Vōta Fidēs Sequitur (Ovid. Metamorphōsēs 8.711-719)


Chapter 22 Sacrāmentum Gladiātōrum

Tamquam Lēgitimī Gladiātōrēs (Petronius’ Satyricon 117)

Gladiātōrēs Mortuī (CIL 5: 1037; 2888; 3465; 3468; 5933; 3466)


Chapter 23   Dulce Bellum

Dulce et Decōrum Est (Horace Carmina 3.2.13-22)

Rigōre Valī Aelī (inscription on bronze pan from Staffordshire, England)


Chapter 24     Theātrum

Argūmentum I (Plautus. Amphitryō)

Argūmentum II (Plautus. Amphitryō)

Prologos (Plautus. Amphitryō. 17-33)

Tragicomoedia (Plautus. Amphitryō. 50-54; 56; 60-64)

Alcumēna (Plautus. Amphitryō. 499-505)

Insignis Marcellus (Vergil. Aeneid 6.855-856)

Tū Marcellus Eris (Vergil. Aeneid 6. 875-883)

In Stygiās Undās (Propertius. Elegiae 3.18: 9-16)


Chapter 25       Partus et Mūsēum    

Melior Color Marem Ferenti (Pliny the Elder. Historiae Nātūrālēs 7.6.41)

Vulva Hyenae (Historiae Nātūrālēs 28.27.102)

Lacte Suis (Pliny the Elder. Historiae Nātūrālēs 28.77.250)
Penna Vultrīna (Pliny the Elder. Historiae Nātūrālēs 30.44.130

Venus Genetrix (Lucretius. Dē Rērum Nātūrā 4.1209-1217)
Suprā Mūsēum (Die Inschriften von Ephesos 7.3042)


Chapter 26 Cēna

Pantomīmī Chorum, Nōn Patris Familiae Trīclinium (Petronius. 31)

Gustātiō Valdē Lauta (Petronius. 31)

Hoc Salsumst (Terence. Adelphoi 419-431)


Chapter 27     Iter

Lūx Patriae (Horace. Carmina. 4.5.1-16)

Milliārium Rōmānum (CIL 9. 6003)


Chapter 28     Artificēs

Arachnē (Ovid. Metamorphoses 6.129-138)

Arānea (Ovid. Metamorphōsēs 6.139-145)

Volcanī Domus (Vergil. Aeneid  8.422, 424, 426-28; 431-432)

Ingentem Clipeum (Vergil. Aeneid 8.444-453)


Chapter 29    Ius Rōmānum

Dē Patriā Potestāte (Justinian, Institūtiōnēs 1, 9)
Dē Iūstitiā et Iūre (Justinian, Institūtiōnēs 1, 1)

Iūris Praecepta (Justinian, Institūtiōnēs 1, 1)

Chapter 30  Rēs Agendae
Nunc Est Bibendum! (Horace. Carmina 1.37)

Carthāgō Dēlenda Est! (Pliny, Nātūrālis Historia 15. 20)


Chapter 31 Prīma Lūx

Mātūtīne Cliēns (Martial. Epigrammata 12.68)

Morētum (Vergil. Morētum 31-37)


Chapter 32    Bithynia

Plinius Traianō Imperātōrī (Pliny the Younger Epistulae, 10.33)
Traianus Pliniō (Pliny the Younger Epistulae, 10.34)

Līnquāntūr Phrygiī Cāmpī (Catullus 46)

Chapter 33     Togātī

Parvī Sunt Forīs Arma (Cicero, Dē Officiīs  1.76)
Cēdant Arma Togae (Cicero, Dē Officiīs  1.77)

Gentem Togātam (Vergil. Aeneid 1.279-283)

Primus in Togā A (Pliny. Nātūrālēs Historiae 7.30.116)
Primus in Togā B (Pliny. Nātūrālēs Historiae 7.30.117)

Glōria Togae (Martial, Epigrammata 2.90)

Togae Decus (Martial, Epigrammata 1.55)


Chapter 34     Clādēs Variāna

Legiōnēs Redde! (Suetonius. Augustus 23)
Nūntium Caesī Varī Trucīdātārumque Legiōnum Trium! (Velleius Paterculus. Rōmānae        2.117.1)

Sed et Causa et Persōna Moram Exigit (Velleius Paterculus. Historiae Rōmānae 2.11)


Chapter 35     In Circō

Clāmōsī Glōria Circī (Martial. Epigramata 10.53)
Spectātum Veniunt (Ovid. Ars Amatōria 1.89-100)
Circus Populī Capāx (Ovid. Ars Amatōria 1.135-140)
Pānem et Circēnsēs (Juvenal. Saturae 10.73-81)

Chapter 36     Rēs Gestae

Index Rērum Gestārum (Suetonius. Augustus 101)
Rēs Gestae Dīvī Augustī (Augustus. Rēs Gestae 1)


Chapter 37     Petitiōnēs

Commentāriolum Consulātus Petitiōnis (Q. Tullius Cicero. Commentariōlum Petitiōnis 1.1-2)
ēlāboratō ut Cupidī Tuī Sint (Q. Tullius Cicero. Commentariōlum Petitiōnis 8.29-30)

ōrō Vōs Faciātis (CIL 4.103; 202; 1904; 3471; 6626; 7164; 7201; 7468; 7841; 7851)





Chapter 38     Nuptiae

Iō Hymēn Hymenaee (Catullus 61.1-15)
Vir Tuus Tōtus (Catullus 61.121-126; 151-175)
Ad Rapiendās Virginēs (Livy. Ab Urbe Conditā 1.9)


Chapter 39     Tiberius

Virilī Togā Sumptā (Suetonius. Tiberius 7)

Post Divortium (Suetonius. Tiberius 7)
Ad Māiestātem Augendam (Suetonius. Tiberius 15)
Glōriae Amplior (Suetonius. Tiberius 17)
Augustus Praesēns Dīvus (Horace. Carmina 3.5.1-12)


Chapter 40     Triumphus

Dē Ratiōne Bellī (Suetonius. Tiberius 18)
Triumphālia Ornamenta (Suetonius. Tiberius 20)
Praetextae, Trabeae, Fascēs (Juvenal. Satura 10.33-46)

Editorial Reviews

The combined approach proposed by the authors does seem to be the best way for students to acquire a reading knowledge of Latin. I also like that the story is carried out through the book.  This eclectic approach is what I’ve been looking for.     ~Dr. Thomas H. Dinsmore, University of Cincinatti - Clermont College   It is a new, creative approach, building on a tradition of good insights and based on a searching examination of the pedagogical issues relevant to college learners.     ~ Claude Pavur, Saint Louis University       I wholeheartedly agree with the authors’ stated goals. A book that takes some of the supporting frame of the reading method, makes it age-appropriate, and combines it with efficient grammar study could replace both the grammar- and the reading-approach textbooks.     ~Dorota Dutsch, University of California, Santa Barbara    The qualities that Professors Kitchell and Sienkewicz are attempting to bring together into a single college text are very welcome as an alternative to the current choices.     ~James M. Brehany, Trivium School