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As I cannot work on Latinum at the moment, due to my recent septum operation, and further, due to being in post -operative quarantine -housebound but not bedbound - I have ****lots***** of time on my hands.

I have started to add the very useful work of Comenius
to the Imaginum Vocabularium, using the original woodcuts from the 1810 edition. This work ties the vocab that has been covered in the photographic part of the blog in short sentences, making it much more likely that the words studied in the photographic part of the imaginum vocabularium will be internalised, while teaching basic grammar along the way.

The woodcuts by themselves are delightful, but they are not clear enough to stand alone. However, if the vocabulary is first studied in the earlier part of the site, the utility of the woodcuts becomes evident for consolidation. Time wise this is much faster than the previous part of the site, as I do not have to search the internet for an image for every word.

Once again, no English is used in this text, making it accessible internationally.

I have also colour coded the words of the text themselves,where this has some utility, as an aide memoire.


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Comment by Laura Gibbs on January 27, 2008 at 9:33pm
Hi Evan, I was wondering where the woodcuts come from - they are AWESOME. I have been watching them pop up in my blog reader, and I think that is so cool. Kudos to you!!!!! And I hope your recovery goes well. You should see if Bolchazy-Carducci is interested in doing some edition of Comenius - it is truly fabulous!!! Thank you for this great new store of material you are putting online for us all! :-)
Comment by Latinum Institute on January 28, 2008 at 12:34am
Yes, last night I was thinking about that, as a project - re-draw the drawings, and put a modern English translation next to the text. I'm also an artist.....and that would bring my two main obsessions in life together in a really delightful way.

Comenius really is a fascinating text, in historical terms. I love the description of the world, and earthquakes.

Pleased you're enjoying it as much as I am.
Comment by Raphaela on January 28, 2008 at 8:11am
Get better soon!

That blog is great, but is the edition with those original woodcuts available online anywhere (I'm thinking/hoping Google Books)? I'm afraid my eyes simply WON'T take kindly to reading white text on black background for more than about 20 seconds at a stretch... :S
Comment by Latinum Institute on January 28, 2008 at 9:03am
Thanks for the good wishes.

Yes, I get your point about white text on a black background. I read it with the text enlarged.

I'll add the link to original text, which is in English and Latin in two columns, to the blog.



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