In this book, students will find a pari passu (“bit by bit”), mostly literal translation interleaved with the original text in Acceleration Reader format, a style of presentation that helps them to divide, conquer, and progress towards a fluent understanding of the Latin. The basic assumption is that the process of attaining mastery requires learning how to process language in “chunks” or units of meaning sequentially, that is, as they arise. Typographically breaking down the longer, complex, syntactically foreign sentences allows for a better mental digestion of the contents, and ultimately for a smoother and quicker road to fluency in reading the language. Students can practice comprehension with less difficulty if they can focus on manageable and relatively undaunting smaller units.
On many levels, this masterful composition can repay the effort that is made to appreciate it. It has a value that ought not to be limited to the time of its original audience. It was meant to have relevance, as Cicero intended, for all posterity.