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Latin Love Lessons: Put a Little Ovid in Your Life [Hardcover]

Charlotte Higgins
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4 Oct 2007
It wasn't just under-floor heating, hot baths and roads that the Romans did first and best...Remember Latin translation? All those arrows and ramparts, and centurions forever striking camp...Let's cut straight to the fun part. Forget about battles and spears and rediscover all the best bits of Latin love poetry - from Ovid's tips on picking up girls and how to get away with cheating, to Catullus on how to deal with a broken heart and Virgil's textbook case of how not to dump a girlfriend. "Latin Love Lessons" is the perfect sequel to "Amo, amas, amat" - an approachable frolic around Roman romance. Pep up your love life with help from the original Latin lovers.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906021139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906021139
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classicist by education, Charlotte is the author of three books on aspects of the ancient world. The most recent, Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain (Jonathan Cape, 2013), was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize, the Thwaites Wainwright prize, the Hessell-Tiltman prize and the Dolman prize.

She first fell in love with the classical world through a battered but beautiful illustrated volume of stories from the Iliad and Odyssey that she found on one of her elder brother's bookshelves. Later, she had a fantastic teacher at school who managed to teach her Latin and Greek, which she went on to study at Oxford.

Charlotte's day (and often, night) job is as the Guardian's chief arts writer, contributing to its news, features, op-ed, literary and cultural coverage. At present she is working on a major long-form project about the BBC.

Charlotte lives in London. She is a regular contributor to BBC radio and in her spare time plays violin.

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"Latin Love Lessons is written with a light touch and a sense of humour that makes it a delight to read. It's as useful to an A level Latin scholar as it is to anyone who has ever fallen in love..." -- Time Out, September 2007

"a funny, gloriously erudite and charming book" -- Scotland on Sunday, September 2007

"an engaging and very funny follow-up volume to Harry Mount's Amo, Amas, Amat..." -- The Guardian, October 2007

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Latin Love Lessons 19 Nov 2007
This book is a total delight. It's so easy and entertaining to read but it makes you feel like a smarter and better person. I love that the author has such a wide range of references - from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Proust - and through them, and her expert but accessible analysis, brings Latin poetry to life. On virtually every page there was some gem that I wanted to remember. Best of all, this book solves all my Christmas present problems!!!!! It's perfect for my Mum, who likes to pretend she remembers some Latin from school, for my sister, who knows no Latin but will lap up the witty and pertinent relationship and dating advice, for my little brother who'll be delighted by the racy bits, and for all my friends who want to come across as a bit smarter and more cultured than they really are with minimal effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let us live and love 27 Feb 2009
By Michael P. Maslanka - Published on
A book on ancient love poetry gives us context in modern, difficult times. Catullus :"My Lesbia, let us live and love/And not care tuppence for old men/who sermonize and disapprove." Focus on the here and now:" Be wise, strain the wine,and prune back your hopes to the short term... seize the day." That's Horace and as Higgins helfully informs us, he is talking about, well, "let's go to bed, right now." That's the original meaning of carpe diem. That insight is worth the price of the book but there is lots more:cheating men and lying women; getting dumped(great section on The Aeneid);and a quick quote list and discussion of Latin Poetry and art. Higgins is also a very funny writer. The book is a joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 19 May 2012
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