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v2.1 Reference

Ossium Carnes Multae e Marci Tullii Ciceronis epistulis

The Bones' Meats Abundant from the epistles of Marcus Tullius Cicero

Beginners and experts alike will find a complete immersion into the workings and nature of the Latin language embodied in the incomparable, insuperable epistles of the great Marcus Tullius Cicero, something which other commentators pass over or scorn. This second volume puts "meat on the bones" of the Latin language presented in the first volume: Ossa Latinitatis Sola: The Mere Bones of Latin. The personal letters of Cicero provide ample meat to enflesh the skeletal structure of the language, thus the title: Ossium Carnes Multae: The Bones' Meats Abundant from the epistles of Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Part 1 presents 51 complete letters from the Tyrell-Purser text. Facing each letter is an image of its oldest manuscript edition as early as the ninth century, which are preserved and guarded in the Medicea Laurentiana library in Florence, Italy, witnessing to the human hand preserving this monument of world heritage for over two millennia.

Part 2 follows with a most careful rendition into English of Tully's living, telephone-like Latin discourse. A thorough treatment and explanation of noteworthy elements of his natural talk follows with numerous references to the Encounters in Volume I. All this has students, learners, teachers, experts of the Latin language in mind and is humbly designed to deepen the understanding and appreciation of specific expressions and peculiarities of Cicero's language itself.

Part 3 provides 500 sentences consisting of from 1 to 5 words and suited for the beginnings or continuation of Latin conversations: 200 declarations, 100 questions, 100 exclamations, 100 injunctions drawn from his letters. The volume is amply indexed.
All this has been done to enhance the study and use of Latin, to popularize Cicero's correspondence, to prepare the reader for Volume III which will deal again with the letters and their usefulness for Latin conversation.

About the Authors

Reginaldus Thomas Foster is an American Catholic priest and friar of the Order of Discalced Carmelites. He formerly worked in the "Latin Letters" section of the Secretariat of State in the Vatican and was the Papal Latinist from 1969-2009. He continues to teach Latin classes at his own school in Milwaukee. Daniel Patricius McCarthy, a student of Foster's, is a monk at St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison, Kansas, and teaches Latin in London and Rome.


"Inspirational educator, the Rev. Reginald Foster is a master classicist who has devoted his life to saving Latin from extinction."—The New York Times


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