Bending the Rules (Punctuation)
Exercise # 1 - Missing Commas?
in Marcus Aurelius and His Times. Roslyn, N.Y.: Walter J. Black,
Inc. 1945. p. 241. (Published for the Classics Club)
There are several introductions in this book, but the title page simply
says "With an Introduction by Irwin Edman." Since this introduction is
not specifically attributed to anyone else, I assume he wrote it also.
I strongly suggest having the students do the punctuation version of the
exercise. (They can analyze it at the same time.) Once they have determined
how they think the passage should be punctuated, they can consider, and
the class can discuss, Edman's version. Note that part of the purpose of
this exercise is to show students that even respected published writers
may have problems with punctuation. I would point out that this is from
a book published for the Classics Club.
From the "Introduction" by Irwin Edman to "Justin Martyr, Christian"