Monday, October 9, 2017

Open Access Textbooks relating to Antiquity at The Open Textbook Library

Open Access Textbooks relating to Antiquity at The Open Textbook Library
The costs of college is going up every year, and it's not just tuition that weighs on student's minds and bank accounts. According to the College Board, undergraduates spend an average of $1200 on textbooks annually. Faced with these costs, the academic impact is seen in classrooms across the country--many students choose to not buy a required text, take fewer courses, and some even drop or fail a course completely.
Open textbooks are a solution. The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.
Explore the library's books to see if an open textbook fits your course's, and students', needs.

Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53-86. Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions, Commentary and English Translation

Ingo Gildenhard, Cambridge University
This volume provides a portion of the original text of Cicero’s speech in Latin, a detailed commentary, study aids, and a translation. As a literary artefact, the speech gives us insight into how the supreme master of Latin eloquence developed what we would now call rhetorical "spin". As an historical document, it provides a window into the dark underbelly of Rome’s imperial expansion and exploitation of the Near East.

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Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.511-733. Latin Text with Commentary

Andrew Zissos, University of California, Irvine
Ingo Gildenhard, Cambridge University

This extract from Ovid's 'Theban History' recounts the confrontation of Pentheus, king of Thebes, with his divine cousin, Bacchus, the god of wine.

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Tacitus, Annals, 15.20­-23, 33­-45. Latin Text, Study Aids with Vocabulary, and Commentary

Ingo Gildenhard, Cambridge University
Mathew Owen, Caterham School

This course book offers a portion of the original Latin text, study aids with vocabulary, and a commentary. Designed to stretch and stimulate readers, Owen’s and Gildenhard’s incisive commentary will be of particular interest to students of Latin at both A2 and undergraduate level.

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The Ideologies of Lived Space in Literary Texts, Ancient and Modern

Jacqueline Klooster, University of Amsterdam
Jo Heirman, University of Amsterdam

In a brief essay called Des espaces autres (1984) Michel Foucault announced that after the nineteenth century, which was dominated by a historical outlook, the current century might rather be the century of space.

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World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500

Eugene Berger, Georgia Gwinnett College
World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of humankind from prehistory to 1500. Authored by six USG faculty members with advance degrees in History, this textbook offers up-to-date original scholarship. 

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World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650

Kyounghye Kwon, University of North Georgia
Laura Getty, North Georgia College & State University

This peer-reviewed World Literature I anthology includes introductory text and images before each series of readings. Sections of the text are divided by time period in three parts: the Ancient World, Middle Ages, and Renaissance, and then divided into chapters by location.

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Writing as Material Practice: Substance, surface and medium

Kathryn Piquette, University of Pennsylvania
Writing as Material Practice grapples with the issue of writing as a form of material culture in its ancient and more recent manifestations, and in the contexts of production and consumption.

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