A Dictionary of Latin Words and Phrases Paperback – 3 Dec 1998
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What should go into such a work nowadays is hard to assess and M. seems to have got it about right. I have been keeping an eye open over the last few months for Latin tags, and those in what may be reckoned current use he has identified. (Roland Mayer, The Classical Review Vol.XLIX No.2)
About the Author
Formerly Head of Classics at Harrow, James Morwood is a Fellow at Wadham College and Grocyn Lecturer for the Literae Humaniores Faculty.
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This book is immediately accessible with alphabetical listings of its quotes, usually accompanied by a brief description of the origins of the phrase and current usage/appearance in everyday English. A general index of quotes by topics - eg Love, Time, Rage and even a section on famous mottoes enhances the usefulness of this book. If you are ever stuck for a word or phrase to express how you are feeling, pick up this book - you may be surprised how often the English translation is as succinct as its Latin counterpart.
There is also a preface on Latin pronunciation and a concise section on the Latin writers to further enhance the reader’s understanding of the culture and sub-text of the time.
In summary this book will be appeal to anyone who has an interest in Rome, the culture of the time, the Latin language or even the evolution of our own language. It is accessible to anyone regardless of whether your previous Latin experience has been reading Asterix the Gaul or Caeser’s De Bello Gallico; and equally as rewarding to both readers.
Unlike the two Stone books which are straight lists of phrases plus translation, many of the expressions are accompanied by extra pertinent information, such as historical background or more detail on the literary source from whence it derives. My only complaint, if you like, is that source information is not provided for many entries which look suspiciously like literary quotations rather than common expressions, which is a shame. But I'm fault finding in saying that. It's a handy little volume.
An excellent book that is easy to navigate; with proverbs translated into Latin, a list of Latin writers and a section with legal terms.
Worth its weight in gold!
There are more than 1000 phrases to do with law, religion, human emotions and even weather. The list, of course could be added to.Each phrase has an English tranlation
Many of the phrases are attributed to the likes of Horace or Virgil and an explanation of the circumstances is included.
One item surprised me. I did not know that the title fidei defensor had been given to Henry Viii by Pope Leo. Seem Henry and Luther did not agree.
If you want a book that lists all the commonly used Latin phrases then this is for you, but if you want to learn Latin then this book should be supplemented which another that actually teaches you the language and proper grammar.
Ever wondered where that Latin phrase comes from ? This excellent little book will probably have the answer.
Comes with correct annotations and attributes to the Roman and Greek scholars initiating much of the content.
Never out of reach from my keyboard :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is exactly what I was looking for and delivery was really fast too!Published 6 days ago by Leigh
Yes, very good (about to send to my granddaughter who has started Latin at her Comprehensive) and better than 'Tags & Phrases'. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Giles
I researched which book to buy for my husband who has never tackled latin but wanted to start to understand it from scratch. He reports that this is great for his purposes. Read morePublished 15 months ago by sue h
It says 'Words and Phrases' on the cover but is not a Latin Dictionary as such. The quotes though are useful and clearly laid out.Published on 5 May 2014 by Sandy
I bought this because i wanted to drop latin phrases in at social gatherings and look like a smart arse. It works brilliantly! Read morePublished on 28 April 2014 by james goodson