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The Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary Paperback – 20 Jul 2000

4.3 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New edition edition (20 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198602839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198602835
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 12.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 633,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

James Morwood is Head of Classics at Harrow School and editor of The Oxford Latin Minidictionary, and co-author of the successful Oxford Latin Course.


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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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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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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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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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I love how it's clearly legible. The font type is easy on the eye and the font size too is quite good. It's not like the pockets dictionaries where you struggle to read what it says. I love how it is an old edition, cream paper, proper paper and in top notch condition. The only down fall is that it isn't thicker or doesn't contains more pages.
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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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