WESSWEB - Western European Specialists Section Newsletter

Vol. 18, No. 1 (Fall, 1994)
New Haven, Connecticut
Page 11

Book Review

Latousek, Robert B. Software directory for the classics. Oxford, OH: American Classical League, Miami U., 1993. 95 p.; 28 cm. ISBN 0939507455. $8.80

Rob Latousek's Software directory for the classics fulfills all its claims: a complete and precise directory of computer software for classical languages. Originally appearing as a survey on Latin instructional software, the text has wisely been expanded to include new programs on Greek materials and classical civilization.

The Directory is well written and contains generous commentary on each system, including system requirements, user intelligence levels, price and publishers' addresses.

Of particular importance are two evaluation forms developed by the Committee on Educational Computer Applications of the American Classical League. The first describes the software, while the second evaluates the content of each program. Latousek suggests such evaluation forms could be used both for presently listed software and future programs. Also noteworthy is a system summary giving name, computer requirements, textbook association, content focus, and overall characteristics. A useful bibliography is found at the end.

It is unfortunate that books of this type are outdated quickly by the advances taking place with computers even within the narrow field of classical languages. But this reviewer, a librarian as well as a classicist, believes it has value for anyone working at any level within the field. It is best suited to those libraries supporting classical studies where the hardware is available.