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Horatius At The Bridge Text & Guide (Grades 6-12)

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Horatius at the Bridge is the most famous of five ballads written by the Englishman Thomas Babington Macaulay. Macaulay’s ballads, published in 1842, are called The Lays of Ancient Rome, and celebrate events and heroes in ancient Roman history. Ballads are narratives that ... Read More

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Horatius at the Bridge is the most famous of five ballads written by the Englishman Thomas Babington Macaulay. Macaulay’s ballads, published in 1842, are called The Lays of Ancient Rome, and celebrate events and heroes in ancient Roman history. Ballads are narratives that are composed and sung orally. In more primitive societies, before the development of writing, they were an essential means of remembering and celebrating the past. Horatius at the Bridge has been a favorite of school children and a staple of classical education for over a century. This text includes the full ballad, Horatious at the Bridge, plus a complete student guide with exercises, maps, history, and test. There are no existing ballads from the ancient Romans. Macaulay thought these ballads must have existed and probably served as a primary source for Roman historians such as Livy. And so Macaulay wrote The Lays of Ancient Rome, ballads that celebrate famous events in Roman history, in a style and meter that would be appropriate for the ancient Romans. The Lays carry messages about values, patriotism, courage, and sacrifice that Macaulay considered relevant to his own time. Horatius at the Bridge is the ballad that “might have been”, had it not been lost in time. Macaulay published his Lays in 1842 and considered them a trifle. His trifle was a publishing phenomenon and since its first release has never been out of print. Horatius at the Bridge has been a favorite of school children and a staple of classical education for over a century. One author who refers to the poem as a memorable part of his education is Winston Churchill, who reports having memorized the whole poem at Harrow. This text includes the full ballad, Horatious at the Bridge, plus a complete student guide with exercises, maps, history, and test. Student exercises include: Definitions of words used in the poem Explanations of Phrases Identification of persons in the context of the poem Location of place names through the use of maps Reading Questions Summarizations of individual verses that have a common thread Research of poem references
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  • Product type: Curriculum
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2015
  • UPC: 9781930953727
  • Height: 0

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