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A Dictionary of Latin Words and Phrases Paperback – December 3, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0198601098 ISBN-10: 0198601093

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198601093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198601098
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 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

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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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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John H. VINE VOICE on June 23, 2005
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Should we say, indispensable for the literate man?

This excellent Oxford edition is comprehensive, with an index related to particular subjects, and, as a bonus, includes clear translations and pronunciation guidance! Ever more important is the context. The sources from history and literature are annotated.

Mottoes: "The Royal Air Force, the American dollar, Henry VIII, Oxford University, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer are just a few of the institutions carrying inspiring and often fanciful mottoes."

Proverbs: "Familiar and amusing proverbs are included and easily found in a separate listing."

Highly recommended for every writer, every author, every journalist, every child, every desk, every cubicle, and every computer station!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Antony P. Webb on March 15, 2006
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I purchased the book as a tool to assist in understanding some latin phrases. Whilst contempory writings may not include much latin; those of yesteryear expect the reader to have a basic grasp of latin.

The book also has (English) topics that can be cross referenced to the appropriate latin words and phrases.

The book does not intend to be totally comprehensive and it delivers on what is promised; namely common latin words and phrases.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin MacG Adams on June 26, 2007
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With little training in Latin I was in need of a concise book to decipher the most basic Latin phrases in use today.

This is it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 16, 2012
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I do not know Latin, and yet I am in one of those businesses, Theology, where, along with Medicine and the Law, you need to know a fairly large number of Latin expressions. And, as with any fully developed language, regardless of how dead it may be now, Latin is awash with declensions and tenses and conjugations and idions, so that even the simplest words have dozens of different forms, and it takes years to learn them all with proficiency. But I don't need that. What I need is something to look up stock phrases and give their meaning as used in situ.There, for example, I used a common Latin phrase used in all sorts of situations. This dictionary gives just the right amount of explanation and just the right number of examples. "Eleven Stonehenge stones are standing in situ." My favorite Latin expression, which shows up so often in reviews of stories, is "deux ex machina". Many have come to know this as a way out of a tight spot for the heros of a story. Tom Bombadil in "The Fellowship of the Ring" is my favorite example. What we may not know, and what this dictionary supplies, is that the term from stagecraft, where a machine above the open stage, allows "God" or an angel or whatever, to be lowered to do some business in front of the audience. Not necessarily a rescue, but certainly an "unexpected intervention."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doris M. Nugent on August 11, 2010
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That's just what you will get with this guide: a LITTLE Latin. This is a good but limited resource. It includes only the most common Latin phrases, but I am glad to have bought it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Igolima T. Amachree on October 8, 2012
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This is an excellent quick review of Latin words and phrases. It is well arranged and even relates some of the phrases to famous Roman writers. For example, explaining malesuada Fames in terms of Virgil's Aeneid and his conception of Hell is excellent. So also is Seneca's ducunt volentem fata. There are many other references like these. Such references make it not just a dictionary of Latin words and phases but also a minor appreciation of Literature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Falco del Fiume on March 26, 2010
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I recommend this book to those interested in learning Latin and for those in whose profession Latin phrases has a large role e.g. lawyers. Most dictionaries do not provide the phrases that come to be part of the English language . It is not a true dictionary but is a great companion to any good Latin-English dictionary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William D. Blond on December 26, 2009
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I originally read this book after checking it out from a library. After reading it I decided I needed a copy for myself for future reference purposes. The book is exactly what I wanted, i.e., a concise breakdown of latin phrases and specific words.
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