OSSIUM = of the Bones
This book puts meats on the Bones of the Latin language
OSSIUM CARNES MULTAE
The Bones’ Meats Abundant
This companion volume is intended to provide from Cicero’s letters specific examples that correspond to each of the 105 encoutners in the book The Mere Bones of Latin : Ossa Latinitatis Sola.
From the Introduction:
Locutionis indoles ac natura Ciceronis in epistulis
The Character and Nature of Speech in Cicero’s Letters
As has been announced and emphasized in volume I, Ossa Latinitatis Sola, The Mere Bones of Latin our intention immediately is to help teachers and students in this quest for patterns which illustrate the subject matter in the previous volume. There the reader was advised and directed to find proper examples in the accompanying reading sheets. Here as a help or guide we are already providing absolutely first-class illustrations of the Ossa taken from a bottomless source of super Latin which is sorely and tragically neglected by most teachers, commentators, manualists: namely the approximately 930 letters in a large body of Cicero’s extant correspondence. The reason for this choice of study aides will now be explained in detail for the simple reason that many people simply do not know what kind of fantastic Latin is found in these letters. The volume of this matter might be indicated by the fact that the Oxford edition of Cicero’s letters fills four separate bound volumes which are waiting to be understood, enjoyed, studied, imitated.
We are grateful to welcome the collaboration of Daniel Vowles who is preparing the extensive cross-referencing in this volume. Daniel has also begun teaching with a draft copy of this text during the two-week program held annually in August at Ealing Abbey, London.