Open Book Publisher announces

Following the success of Ingo Gildenhard’s recent textbook ‘Cicero,
Against Verres: 2.1.53-86: Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions,
Commentary and English Translation’, Open Book Publisher is delighted to
announce the forthcoming publication of

‘Virgil, Aeneid 4.1–299: Latin text, study questions, commentary, and
interpretive essays’ by Ingo Gildenhard.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-909254-15-2. Price: £14.95.

This work focuses on one of the Latin A-Level set texts on the OCR
syllabus 2013-2015: Virgil, Aeneid 4.1-299.

A unique teaching tool, it offers a portion of the original Latin text, a
commentary, study questions, and a selection of interpretative essays.
Ingo Gildenhard’s incisive commentary in particular is designed to guide
readers through, and encourage them beyond, what is prescribed by the
A-level syllabus. Detailed linguistic explanation combines with and
encourages critical analysis and discussion of the most recent scholarly

Free to read, digital and paper editions will be available from our
and from traditional book retailers from November 2012. If you would like
to pre-order and be the very first to receive this new work, please

Exciting new website

No, not the new ARLT site, which is now up and running but showing all those little glitches you could not have suspected were there. Incidentally, how often does a page look perfect and complete on your own laptop screen in preparation, then turn out to be a dog’s dinner  when you publish it? I am working on it.

But back to the new Classics website which is described as follows by its authors:


The Classical Anthology is  a new website which we hope will grow into a collection of beautiful, inspiring and memorable passages from Greek and Latin literature, each with a translation so that anyone can enjoy them and share them. It includes anything written in Greek or Latin, from earliest times to the present day.

A surprising number of people have studied Latin or even Greek at some point and even those who have not also have a great enthusiasm for the Classics. One of the aims of the anthology is to foster this enthusiasm by making the gems of Classical literature easily accessible to anyone and by encouraging anyone to suggest a passage.

The anthology also aims to celebrate and share the huge range of experience and expertise among those teaching and studying Classics worldwide. We hope that scholars and teachers will also contribute, either to suggest a well-loved passage that many people will know and appreciate, or to recommend a passage from a less well-known author that others would be delighted to discover.

The best length for passages is around 20-40 lines and please can you recommend a translation too – a more literal one is better, to help with reading the original. Your own translation would be great and would avoid copyright problems, although the publishers approached so far have been very supportive. Lastly, a few introductory words explaining what you find special about this passage will really help to make the anthology inspiring. We will edit and upload the contributions but will consult you first if we see the need for any significant alterations.

So please visit and send in your suggestions via the form there or via this link ( toTheClassicalAnthology.doc). Please also tell your friends. Lastly, we hope you enjoy using the website yourself. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!

Jane Mason and Stephen Jenkin

We wish the new venture all the best. I am sure it will be well supported.




website maintenance

The ARLT website might disappear for a short time as it is undergoing a major refit. I hope the disruption will only be short-lived. Check back from time to time and let me know what you think.

Roman Walls

The September edition of National Geographic will be featuring a richly illustrated piece on on Rome’s frontier walls.

Roman Frontiers

Rome’s border walls were the beginning of its end.

You can find out more here: