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Italian and Roman Literature and History
Compiled by Richard Seltzer

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Italian and Roman Literature and History
Compiled by Richard Seltzer
B&R Samizdat Express - May 25, 2004
ISBN: 0-931968-91-7
Genre: Literature, History

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - July 5, 2004

Please note: As of 10/30/2008, this CD now contains 416 books.

Italian literature and history, going back to the times of the Roman Empire is rich in both breadth and scope. In this one volume CD collection, Italian and Roman Literature and History, Richard Seltzer has compiled more than 135 books representing some of the best Italian and Roman texts that are now in the public domain. This collections includes works in Italian, Latin, and in English and German translation. In several instances, the texts are presented in more than one language. For example, La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) by Dante Alighieri is presented in several formats, including Italian with and without accents, in English translation, and in German translation - with and without accents.

The books in this collection are organized into 5 main categories: A sixth, supplemental category, called 'Context of the Contemporary World' can also be found in this collection. It includes a copy of the 2003 CIA World Factbook. This massive reference book provides a country by country analysis of every country in the world. These analyses provide a wealth of information such as the amount of each country's arable land, literacy statistics, climate, religious and gender make up of the country, languages spoken, main exports, and other useful information that help to give the reader a detailed overview of each country. In regard to this CD collection, it not only gives you an overview of Italy, but also allows you to compare Italy to others countries in the world.

All the texts in this collection, with the exception of the 2003 CIA World Factbook, are saved in plain text files. This CD can only be accessed on a Windows PC. You also need a web browser such as Explorer or Netscape, or a word processing program such as Word or WordPerfect into which you can open the text files. In regard to the 2003 CIA World Factbook, in addition to text files, this book also includes illustrations that are in html format. To properly see all the pages in this book, you will need to open the book in a web browser, such as Microsoft's Explorer or Netscape.

This collection of books on Italian and Roman Literature and History is contained on a single CD. While suitable for readers of all ages and education levels, this collection will be of particular interest to those interested in the study of Latin and Roman History and Literature. The titles contained in the Latin / Roman Literature category cover many of the major texts that are required reading in college levels courses in Latin and in courses on Ancient Rome. In addition, students of Latin will be delighted to find that many of the texts in this category are presented in their original Latin versions, as well as in English translation. Students of a more modern bent will also find the titles on Italian history and literature included in this collection also cover a variety of 'required reading' titles. In short, an excellent collection!


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