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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A.; Reprint edition (3 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198601093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198601098
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.3 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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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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It's easy to approach a book on a “dead” language with a feeling of scepticism about its usefulness or interest. However, the enduring mass appeal of Rome's classical period is evidenced by the recent mass media success of the epic Gladiator film and the launch of BBC/HBO's Rome series on TV both sides of the Atlantic. Anyone who has come to this page with even a passing interest in the Latin language and the ways of ancient Rome should persevere and hit the buy now button - you won't be disappointed.
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.
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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 May 2010
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This is a great compact reference of Latin words, phrases and quotations. For sure it's not as comprehensive and thorough as my combined pairing of Jon Stone's Latin for the Illiterati (mostly short expressions and phrases with some longer quotations) and his Dictionary of Latin Quotations, but this is a good selection nevertheless for quick reference or simply dipping into as a bedside book. And it beats Ehrlich's Dictionary of Latin Tags and Phrases into a cocked hat.

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.
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By Mrs. L. Evans VINE VOICE on 21 July 2014
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As a 'Via Media' or middle way ( I have just looked this up in the dictionary concerned), this is an ideal book for those who didn't study Latin at school; and doesn't want to learn the language but likes to use the odd Latin phrase to add polish or gravitas to a sentence.

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!
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This book interests me because I have recently taken an interest in Latin which is suited to using the least number of words for expressing ideas. Often it uses half the words required in English for the same or similar proverb.
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.
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For me a dictionary of words would list every word alphabetically with the meaning of the word. This, however, is a dictionary of phrases from which you can deduce what each word means: such as 'lupus in fabula' (the wolf in the story) and 'lupus pilum mutat, non mentem' (the wolf changes his coat, not his character) - in this case lupus clearly means wolf. This is still a good book and will certainly help greatly. It has a pronunciation guide but no grammar guide, and it's hard to see how far into the language this book will take me.

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.
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By A Customer on 31 Aug. 2002
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This book has saved my life. I didn't understand many words that my fellows used, and with this dictionary, i can surprise them with more phrases and words in latin. I also recommend Learn Latin by Peter Jones
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For the lighthearted academic letter writer and columnist - an irresistable collection of everyday Latin as expected from the Romans.

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 :-)
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