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  • By Jessie Craft
    Jan 2, 2019
    Daniel and Amelie have done an amazing job in their composition of Pugio Bruti. As a Latin teacher, there are several points of importance I should like to mention in better aid fellow teachers or independent learners in their selection. First, the book is a crime story which was, as far as I know, prior to this book an untouched genre by other Latin authors. Therefore, the story is refreshing and compelling on the strength of the type alone. Along that same line, the story is actually very well written and, as was mentioned in an earlier review, is a page turner. I think students will really appreciate the intrigue and excitement Daniel and Amelie stir up in readers with their words. There are only 350 unique words, and here is how they feel. The number is low enough that students will not be overwhelmed with a plethora of unknown words; but at the same time 350 is a high enough number that one can successfully accomplish a proper number of variations and combinations of words that... More > the text is not boring or overly repetitive. In terms of repetition, 350 words stretched out over 70 some pages is enough that the words and phrases can be repeated in such a way as to foster language acquisition and grant familiarity to readers, which in turn helps readers feel a sense of achievement once they encounter a word or phrase they recognize and understand from a previous encounter. The Latinity is excellent and reliable. It is also nice to see more colloquial uses, things that may have been said by everyday people on the streets of Rome. There are, of course, some high brow/learned turns of phrase which nicely compliment the quotidian speech. The text is written in the form of a dialogue which in and of itself tends to more comprehensible for a majority of learners, especially those still in the earlier stages of their learning. The back and forth is refreshing and keeps readers alert and engaged. I conclude with a final comment about the book's rating--Easy Latin. The authors had the difficult task of trying to determine a rating which might satisfy expectations the world over. As for teachers/learners in the United States of America, this text would align more closely with ACTFL's intermediate level due to vocab, unsheltered grammar, and syntax. ALIRA might even rank this at the advanced level. I would introduce this text to a high school Latin 3+ class with little to no reserve. It is with unwavering confidence that I highly recommend this book.< Less
  • By Luke Ranieri
    Dec 29, 2018
    Riveting from beginning to end, Brutus’ Dagger is a page-turner in the style of any classic crime novel, with intriguing characters and a mysterious plot that engages the reader with ease. The extraordinary care put into every page by the authors is on full display, notably in the impeccable yet accessible use of Latin. While the intended audience of this book includes readers who have less experience with the language, even advanced readers can learn new expressions and vocabulary in context, just as we do with our native languages when confronted with a well composed text. I could not more highly recommend this original, exciting novel that should find its place on the shelf of every reader of Latin. Its excellent quality, augmented by beautiful illustrations, proves by its very existence the eternal value and strength of the 2,300 year-old tradition of this ancient language.
  • By Christopher Buczek
    Dec 29, 2018
    Daniel et Amelia, conditores Latinitii, optimum libellum aptum discipulis magistrisque nuper scripserunt. Fabula mihi perplacet et commendo vobis omnibus qui Latinitatem colitis! Gratias maximas vobis ago, Daniel Ameliaque!
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First Edition
December 13, 2018
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.16 lbs.
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5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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