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Medieval Latin Original 1925 Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0979505119
ISBN-10: 0979505119
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Armfield Academic Press; Original 1925 edition (January 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979505119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979505119
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,442,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Maximus Scriptorius on January 5, 2009
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A very useful offering from Armfield Academic Press, Medieval Latin will be the delight of the Latin student, whether a beginner or more advanced. Inside is a very well-rounded selection of Latin readings from (to quote from the Preface) "... history, anecdote, argument, the epistle, the drama, the essay, the dialogue, the novel, and epic, lyric, pastoral, didactic, and satiric verse." These selected readings will be very helpful to Latin students of either the classical or ecclesiastical orientation. As my interest is mainly in the ecclesiastical, such readings are of great interest to me- those of St. Bonaventura, Bernard of Clairvaux, Gregory the Great, Isidore, and too many more to list here. Each set of readings is precluded by an informative introduction of the author, references to some of their other works and writings, and a bibliographic reference to where one would find the complete work from which the selected reading was taken. Two other nice features of the book are the numerous pictures and illustrations, and the footnotes, which translate more difficult and less common words and phrases. (from the Preface) "As a rule the [foot]notes translate all words not found in Lewis's Elementary Latin Dictionary except such as are obvious after a little thought or intelligent conjecture." Offered in an attractive yet simple and affordable soft cover, this book will not hurt your eyes or your pocket-book. The print quality is very good. All too often, facsimile editions are hurriedly thrown together and mass-marketed for immediate and maximal profits. Such is not he case with this book. The text is dark, clear, and sharp. The pure-white background contrasts with the text nicely and only in a few places do any background spotting or "noise" remain (which do not affect the text). In conclusion, I highly recommend this book. Value, quality, and usability. What more can you ask for?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Fleming on July 15, 2009
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This is the anthology I used to study medieval Latin in the 1970s, and it remains the best. Another, inferior edition of this volume was later published, but this is the one for all students of the language to cherish. After all these, years, I cherish my dog-eared copy, but will buy this new one. Especially helpful is its inclusion of Late Latin passages well into the 17th century.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BobH on January 30, 2011
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An excellent selection of Medieval Latin passages challenging the reader either learning Latin or revising a half-forgotten skill. The bulky volume is very clearly printed with first-rate notes. Perhaps fewer illustrations might have produced room for more extended notes. Even so it is certainly value for money - especially as, apparently, the 'revised' edition of Harrington's work contains errors. This is a reprint of the original, without the blemishes of the revised edition.
One criticism concerns the reader working by themselves and unable to check their translation. Perhaps a few more passages (e.g. Venerable Bede or official documents) from works where translations are readily available would help in this regard.I noted that the Penguin translation of Gregory of Tours included passages omitted in Harrison's version. Has this been edited or is it from a different source? There's no way of knowing.
Even so, this volume is excellent for those people, perhaps Family Historians or Local Historians, whose requirements are not properly met by Classical Latin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip T. Racicot on December 7, 2011
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What did the people who lived during the Middle Ages think of their times? What made them laugh, cry, smirk and roll their eyes? Where did they find joy, love, truth, wisdom and faith? How did they seek understanding,what things did they quarrel over,and how did they ask forgiveness? All of these questions are answered in their own words and expressed in the universal language of the times, Latin. This is not the Latin of Caesar, Cicero, Juvenal or Virgil. While there are profound essays on philosophy and theology there are also love poems and ribald songs, satire and Gregorian chants. Lovers of Latin will discover how truly alive the language was in the Middle Ages.
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