Master Latin teacher Rose Williams has authored a beginning Latin reader that draws from the Bible and other Christian sources as well as from some ancient Roman sources. The choices all illuminate the book’s central theme, drawn from Philippians 4.8—"Things which are true, things which are honest, things which are just, things which are pure, things which are lovely, things which are of good report; reflect on these things". In the fashion of a graded reader, De Bonis Cogitationibus stories are initially short but gradually grow longer and more involved as the student’s skills as a Latin reader grow. A teacher’s guide is available.
- Latin passages increase in complexity as student skills grow
- Each section includes a glossary
- Grammatical notes and references to the grammatical appendices ease students through the readings
- Readings readily invite discussion of their moral content as desired
- Background notes provide information about the classical sources
- English translation for each of the proverbs and reading passages
- Sample set of teaching tips that can be applied to each lesson
Rose Williams is a veteran Latin instructor at the high school and university level. Rose Williams holds a BA from Baylor University and an MA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She did postgraduate work in Latin and the Humanities at the University of Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington. On a Rockefeller Grant she conducted research at the Bodleian Library of Oxford University, England and at the University of Pisa, Italy. She is the author of numerous classics textbooks and teaching guides as well as humorous books of Latin phrases. She serves on various classics consultant boards and maintains a website, www.roserwilliams.com, devoted to Latin teaching materials.