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Great compact reference
on 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.