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Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2009
The Pocket Oxford is an adequate Latin dictionary, with a reasonable grammar section, but it has some weaknesses especially for someone just starting in Latin.

My main gripe is that its coverage of irregular verb parts isn't at all good. The Collins dictionaries (even the little Gem) are much better when it comes to having headwords for odd bits of verb.

Another gripe is that this really isn't a pocket dictionary unless you have unusually large pockets!

My last gripe is that it is printed on really thick, rough paper, which makes it larger than necessary and not at all easy to flick through.

I'd advise beginners to buy the Collins Gem if you just want a dictionary or the Collins Dictionary and Grammar if you want a grammar as well.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2009
Font and entry style are overlooked by users of many dictionaries, but the clear printing and entry style of this dictionary make it much easier to use than even my English dictionary. The definition length is well-balanced with the conciseness I need while still giving a proper sense of the word. Although dictionaries may seem a bland topic, I strongly recommend the Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary as the best print dictionary I have used and the easiest.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2007
This dictionary is a set text for my 3rd-level OU Latin course, but in my opinion it is not up to the normal OUP standard. Although edited by James Morwood, it seems to be the insensitive abridgement of a much larger work. Although the basic vocabulary is probably adequate, there are not enough phrases/idioms present, esp. on the English-Latin side. On the plus side, the print format is very clear, and the grammar section is quite good.

May suit some, but if you're really serious about the finer details, look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2011
This dictionary is a must-have for anyone who is starting or is in the intermediate stages of learning Latin. Its small enough to carry around easily (although "pocket" is stretching the definition of the word), but is still substantial enough to cover the core of latin vocab. The central grammar reference section is compact and very useful, and compared to its rivals the Oxford dictionary feels much faster and easier to use. One small drawback; When translating slightly more advanced latin text into English, the dictionary simply doesn't have the size to cover all the latin you might come across, so I would recommend the full Oxford Latin Dictonary for advanced learners.

To summarise, an excellent, easy-to-use starter dictionary, perfect for basic/ intermediate Latin to English translation.
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on 24 July 2010
I bought this dictionary having decided to relearn the Latin I had forgotten from my school days. This dictionary is an excellent starter dictionary, with a good comprehensive vocabulary, and a clear layout. Words are easy to find and the definitions are concise and slear.
If I have only one niggle it is that I have found the section on verbs are little too brief. There is little about the formation of the tenses of the irregular verbs. Also I owuld have preferred to have a short explanation of what the tenses are, a sort of quick reference guide, to explain for e.g. that the imperfect tense is for continuious or incomplete actions which have happened in the past.
Having said that I would recommend this for anyone needing a concise dictionary for quick reference.
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Has three main sections:

(1) Latin to English
Entries sometimes have little accompanying explanatory boxes explaining odd or special cases. Very useful.

(2) Grammar
Contains all the noun, adjective, advert, and verb forms, as well as listing some bits and pieces regarding irregulars. Also the tables for ille and hic.

(3) English to Latin

I found it more than adequate for my examination. Good value and portable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2012
I have a Cassell's Latin/English English/Latin dictionary, but bought this Oxford one because it was on the reading list for the course that I'm doing: what a mistake it was. Apart from the Cassell's being better than this one for reference, the binding for the Oxford one ensured that about 50 pages dropped out seperately in quite a short space of time. I've heard the same from others. Give me the Cassell's any day.
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on 30 December 2012
I use this product for my university study of latin and so far, I've found it to contain the information I needed in a very easy-to-get-an-overview of form, which makes the time I have to spend on finding something significantly shorter.

All in all a very satisfying product.
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on 5 March 2011
Great dictionary. Clearly laid out and contains useful explanatory notes against prominent latin words (the workings of the senate, soldiering, gods, etc). Central portion contains a summary of latin grammar which, again, is very clearly presented. Excellent job.
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on 29 July 2013
I find the Pocket Oxford Latin dictionary an invaluable help in reading the original Latin texts of Cicero' speeches, Caesar (De Bello Gallico) and Virgil's Aeneid to mention but a few of the classics I am going through right now.
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L.J.Maidment
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