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Latin for the Illiterati, Second Edition: A Modern Guide to an Ancient Language [Paperback]

Jon R. Stone
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23 Jun 2009 0415777674 978-0415777674 2

This revised and updated edition includes a brand new foreword by Richard LaFleur and more than fifteen hundred new entries and abbreviations. Organized alphabetically within the categories of verba (common words and expressions), dicta (common phrases and familiar sayings), and abbreviations, this practical and helpful reference guide is a comprehensive compendium of more than 7,000 Latin words, expressions, phrases, and sayings taken from the world of art, music, law, philosophy, theology, medicine and the theatre, as well as witty remarks and sage advice from ancient writers such as Virgil, Ovid, Cicero, and more.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (23 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415777674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415777674
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jon R. Stone is a best-selling author and a Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He is the author of More Latin for the Illiterati: A Guide to Everyday Medical, Legal, and Religious Latin, The Routledge Book of World Proverbs and The Routledge Dictionary of Latin Quotations, also published by Routledge.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference volume 26 Jun 2010
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This is very much a dense reference volume really, for looking up phrases as and when you come across them. It's perhaps not quite so good as something to dip into like, for example, Morwood's A Dictionary of Latin Words and Phrases or Ehrlich's A Dictionary of Latin Tags and Phrases which, though having fewer entries, contain more supporting explanation. However if you're of a like mind with me you will still enjoy opening this at random and picking out a few phrases.

The first half of the book lists common words and short expressions, and most of the second half is longer sayings from literary and other sources. It is finished off with a short section on abbreviations, a few other odds and sods, and a brief English-Latin index. Each Latin entry is accompanied by a simple translation with no further explanatory notes (except the name of the author where literary sources are involved).

As well as this book, Jon Stone has also published a longer work specifically on maxims, proverbs, mottoes and quotations: Dictionary of Latin Quotations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Reading for the Latin Student 8 Oct 2009
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I just happened to run across this book the other day, and have not put it down. It has relly given me a great way to look up phrases and termonology that I had been searching for. Please do not use the online translators, they are pure garbage and will not gine you the correct grammar or translation for the phrase you are looking for. This book does not have them all, but it does have many, many that you may have seen or heard over the years.
I would recommend it for anyone who has an interest in Latin at all, or for the student of Latin who is starting out. You can increase your Latin vocabulary tremendously right now if you really wanted just by reading this book.
A lot of fun and a must have.
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