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Cassell's Standard Latin Dictionary: Latin/English, English/Latin [Hardcover]

D. P. Simpson
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1 Oct 1977
Since its first appearance in 1854 and through many revisions this dictionary has remained constant in its appeal to scholars. This new and revised Latin Dictionary is among the best of its kind, being reliable, compact and adequate for the needs of all save the specialist. He has produced what is in effect a new book, typographically easy to consult and combining elegance with utility. –The Times Literary Supplement This edition Incorporates modern English idiom and current Latin spelling. Includes general classical information where appropriate. Shows long and short vowels where not immediately apparent. Indicates irregular plural forms. Cites and quotes ancient classical authors. Suggests paraphrases to express modern English in classical Latin form.

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  • Hardcover: 912 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Thumb-Indexed Rdition edition (1 Oct 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0025225804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0025225800
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cassell's Latin Dictionary Since its first appearance in 1854 and through many revisions this dictionary has remained constant in its appeal to scholars. As Head of the Classical Department at Eton College, D. P. Simpson was uniquely qualified to revise the work in the light of modern knowledge and he has introduced fresh material from a number of sources. In English idiom and Latin spelling he has followed present–day usages. "This new and revised Latin Dictionary is among the best of its kind, being reliable, compact and adequate for the needs of all save the specialist. He has produced what is in effect a new book, typographically easy to consult and combining elegance with utility"— The Times Literary Supplement Famous Cassell's Dictionaries French–English, English–French Standard, Thumb–indexed and Concise Editions German–English, English–German Standard, Thumb–indexed and Concise Editions Spanish–English, English–Spanish Standard, Thumb–indexed and Concise Editions Italian–English, English–Italian Standard and Thumb–indexed Editions English–Dutch, Dutch–English Standard Edition Latin–English, English–Latin Standard, Thumb–indexed and Concise Editions A series of companion volumes showing the peculiarities of meaning and usage in colloquial speech, the intricacies of which cannot be adequately explained in a standard dictionary. Cassell's Colloquial French Cassell's Colloquial German Cassell's Colloquial Italian Cassell's Colloquial Spanish

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Cassell’s Bilingual Dictionaries Acclaimed Worldwide Since 1854 Incorporates modern English idiom and current Latin spelling. Includes general classical information where appropriate. Shows long and short vowels where not immediately apparent. Indicates irregular plural forms. Cites and quotes ancient classical authors. Suggests paraphrases to express modern English in classical Latin form.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cost-effective resource 16 Sep 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
While net nearly as detailed as the great OLD, it is certainly a fair, cost-effective alternative. The exmaples from various authors showing the particular word in context is helpful to both the student reading Latin and also the student of Latin Composition. While probably not the best reference for graduate-level study, it is certainly a very good resource for the undergraduate searching for a good Latin dictionary, yet unable to afford the OLD. I have three Latin-English dictionaries--the Pocket OLD, the New College Latin & English Dictionary, and Cassell's Latin Dictionary--and Cassell's stands paramount in relation to the former two.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verbum! 8 July 2004
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The Cassell's Latin-English Dictionary has a long history. First published in 1854, it has continued in publication under various editors and revisions to the present text, the work of D.P. Simpson, Head of the Classics Department at Eton during the middle of the twentieth century. This book remains for all but the most advanced scholars in Latin the principle Latin dictionary. Clerics, students and general readers of the classics use this volume more than any other. There are other editions (concise editions, etc.), but this is primary volume for standard use.
The dictionary has two sections, a Latin-English side, and an English-Latin side. The Latin-English side contains a primary vocabulary of classical Latin, most words used and found in writings between 200 BCE and 100 AD/CE. There are also proper nouns (names, places). Spelling was flexible in the ancient world; the spelling here follows the conventional modern spellings, with cross-references for significant variances. Words indicate definitions, declension or conjugation as appropriate, and some pronunciation guides. Latin authors are also indicated (in abbreviation) for almost every word.
The English-Latin side is primarily useful for prose composition into Latin of the classical type. Because of the natural growth of language due to progress of technology and ideas, many English words will not be found, as there are no Latin equivalents. Latin equivalent words are taken largely from Cicero, Caesar and Livy, with some additions from legal and ecclesiastical Latin.
There are additional sections for standard Latin abbreviations, the Roman calendar, bibliographies for word lists, atlases, general antiquities, and Latin language guides. This is the best choice for a Latin dictionary for almost any purpose. Even high-end scholars will want the Cassell's for ready and easy reference.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get more out of your Latin 11 Jun 2009
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The best thing about this dictionary, and the thing that sets it above my Pocket Oxford and Collins dictionaries, is the amount of detail given for each Latin word.

Rather than just listing possible translations, Cassell's lists a word's literal and figurative meanings and also gives examples of its use, making it far easier to find a precise sense.

While the dictionary has an English-Latin section, the emphasis (quite rightly) is on the Latin-English, with more than two-thirds of the book dedicated to the Latin.

There is no grammar section, and irregular parts of verbs rarely have their own headwords, so Latin improvers (or duffers like me - caught out by mansum once too often) will still benefit from owning the Collins dictionary, which is very strong on irregular verbs.

Overall though, Cassell's is excellent value if you want to get more out of your Latin.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Not concerning myself in this review with the contents of this work; which I see others have covered already better than I could, I will describe to you the physical construction of the book at which I am disappointed, if not even appalled.

To begin vaguely, this book just does not feel like a dictionary. It seems as though real design might have gone into making this dictionary look and feel machine-mass-produced, thrown-together, and cheap.

It is too tall and flat to open easily as a dictionary of reference ought. The fore edge of the textblock looks as though it had been cut with a craft knife and an old ruler. There are traces of the glue - which I fear will have been relied upon more than any good stiching - at the top and bottom textblock edges near the spine. Worst of all, though, are the roughly-cut, orange-segment-like holes that highlight where one of six letters in the alphabet starts in the text: were this not a definite hindrance to thumbing through and turning the pages: making it feel as if the small sections between the holes should tear or bend, fold or crease within a days use, then they would still be completely superfluous: who, having used any dictionary for but an hour, could not open the dictionary within at most 10 pages of their word? How irritating these thoughtlessly designed orange-shaped holes are for those who have gained that simple feel for the book.

Personally, I should recommend your looking in secondhand-book shops for some old, then-still-properly-constructed Latin dictionary: you might be lucky and find an old leather book going for about the same price as this abomination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best medium-sized Latin dictionary 5 July 2013
By Bret
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Cassell's is the best medium-sized Latin dictionary I have come across.

My Collin's Latin dictionary was severely lacking in detail about word uses (in particular, it often omitted information about the case of noun taken by verbs and prepositions).

I have found Cassell's to be an excellent upgrade, providing apt information about word use, a detailed English-Latin section, and example uses of words by Classical authors. I discovered Cassell's in my last year of A level and only wish I had found it sooner!
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