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VINE VOICEon 17 May 2010
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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on 30 July 2017
book that shows words and phrases good to know some Latin used a lot in places like courts and people sometimes quote things in Latin know what they are on about.
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on 28 September 2017
Great little book to have. Makes a lot clearer to me as Latin is the Maths of English.
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on 14 April 2017
graphics would help!
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on 5 December 2017
good
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on 13 December 2017
GREAT PURCHASE WILL COME IN VERY USEFUL
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on 5 October 2017
Great gift for my friend; she loved it.
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on 11 August 2009
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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on 10 November 2005
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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on 24 May 2013
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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