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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (6 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782399313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782399315
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 21.6 cm
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A surprising, witty and entertaining journey through the Latin roots of the English language, by the bestselling author of Veni Vidi Vici and Eureka!

About the Author

Peter Jones was educated at Cambridge University and taught Classics at Cambridge and at Newcastle University, before retiring in 1997. He has written a regular column, 'Ancient & Modern', in the Spectator for many years and is the author of various books on the Classics, including the bestselling Learn Latin and Learn Ancient Greek, as well as Reading Virgil's Aeneid I and II, Vote for Caesar, Veni, Vidi, Vici and Eureka!


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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Dec. 2016
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'Quid Pro Quo' is Peter Jones' tour through some of the vocabulary which Latin and Greek have given to the English language. This is by no means a dry work, Jones is an entertaining writer regaling us with the stories behind the often surprising origins of words (and no, 'salary' does NOT derive from Roman soldiers being paid in salt - this is nonsense from Pliny the Elder attempting to retrospectively create an etymology - a favourite pastime of many writers of antiquity - for 'salarium'). It will be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of either language, and hopefully will encourage more people towards a study of the classics - and Jones ends with a short epilogue with such a plea. There's the occasional inaccuracy (e.g. Jones, as a classicist, perhaps really ought to know that Pompeii was still majority Oscan speaking rather than fully or even mostly Latin at the time of its destruction) but it doesn't really put much of a dent into this book.
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A useful and amusing reference book.
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