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Oxford Latin Desk Dictionary [Hardcover]

James Morwood
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July 28, 2005 019861070X 978-0198610700 2nd
This is the first edition of the Oxford Latin Desk Dictionary, offering essential coverage of Latin words and grammar, as well as extra information on Roman history and culture. It takes account of the latest research into Latin, and is designed specifically to fit the needs of today's student. It covers over 46,000 words and phrases, including additions from the writings of Plautus and Terence, and from the study of Silver Latin. Common irregular verb parts are given as headwords for greater clarity, and boxed notes provide help with language usage, and with difficult words and constructions.

There are detailed appendices on historical, mythological, and geographical names, as well as sections on money, weights and measures, dates, and times, poetic meter, and medieval Latin. With a timeline of important dates, and biographies on Roman writers, this edition is packed with interesting and essential information on Roman history and culture.

Also with pronunciation help and a guide to Latin grammar, this compact and affordable dictionary is a necessity for all students and adult-learners of Latin.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (July 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019861070X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198610700
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's just fine March 23, 2006
This dictionary is just fine for the beginning and intermediate student. For those of you who need references to ancient works look to The Unabridged Oxford or Lewis and Short (both of which are very expensive), or Cassell's (which is what I used in advanced unniversity-level Latin). The person who gave the dictionary one star obviously bought the wrong book. Latin students know that facto comes from the verb facio. Books of Latin phrases that appear in the modern world are all over the place, and should not be confused with a dictionary.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Modern Latin Dictionary! February 20, 2006
I found this to be a really helpful dictionary. The size and price are perfect for the beginning to intermediate Latin student, and the "Latin to English" translations have been updated by the editors to conform to modern the understanding of words. It sure beats using older Latin dictionaries (such as Lewis' "Elementary Latin Dictionary," last updated in 1888 and still used in my undergraduate college) which requires you to translate the Latin word, and THEN translate the archaic Victorian words to something more contemporary.

This dictionary gets 4 stars instead of 5 only because the "English to Latin" part was not updated, and still reflects Latin scholarship from over 100 years ago. Granted, most people today with the exception of unversity students will not be writing much original Latin prose, but it is nice to have some updating just for studying.

A word regarding the gentleman whom gave this dictionary 1 star -- the dictionary does not include phrases. However, the dictionary does have great extra features including a complete Latin Grammar, a list of Roman weights and measures, and some other neat sections relating to classic literature. Anyone who has even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin will have no troubles whatsoever with translating any basic Latin phrases they may encounter.

Ispa Scientia Potestas Est!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but at least one mistake in my copy September 21, 2008
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This is a rewrite of a previous review I had here. I have increased my review by one star since then.

In my earlier review I criticized the book's omission of names such as gods; you can't find "Iuppiter, Iovis" in the main dictionary. However, I've since found that there is in fact a list of historical and mythological figures in the very back of the book (after the English-to-Latin section, oddly enough).

There are frequent usage notes sprinkled throughout the Latin->English portion. For example, the entry for "dicere" will tell you that the Romans used "negare" instead of following "dicere" with a negative verb. It also explains, for instance, that "abicio" is really pronounced "abiicio" (the first "i" being a consonant, like "y"), and as a result the "ab" is considered a heavy syllable.

There is something weird going on with the word "locus". This very common word is missing in my copy of the book. However, using Amazon's "search inside this book" feature, you can indeed find this word, so I can only assume its omission was a mistake that has been fixed in later printings. Hopefully there aren't too many other such mistakes. Still, I'm not inclined to give it five stars, partly because the presence of one mistake may suggest the presence of more, and partly since there's no way of knowing whether a particular copy of this book will have this mistake without opening it and finding out.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, easy to use reference March 5, 2008
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This handy desktop reference is full of surprises. It is well arranged, as expected. Also expected was the Summary of Grammar since this is standard operating procedure for this type of reference. Unexpected was the quick reference section to historical, mythological, and geographical names, Latin Writers, key dates, later Latin (language) developments, and a few good maps. This is a must for the average Latin student and beyond for a quick, easy reference. Don't expect it to be a full lexicon. Remember, it's only a desk reference and fulfills that function with style and ease.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product November 17, 2012
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As a Classics student I had access to the HUGE Oxford Latin dictionary,and loved it. Now that I do Latin for fun,I didn't want to get one of those as they are extremely expensive and non-portable. This is much better than a paperback and has had all the words I have needed so far,plus great tables of declensions,etc. Cheers to Oxford for this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect reference for Latin learners! January 28, 2011
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The Oxford Latin Dictionary is the perfect reference for those who want to know the Latin terms and defintions of them. I like how the book provides famous Latin people in the back and gives a brief biography the person. For example, St. Augustine is listed and he was known for his book called "Confessions", which is a major work in the eyes of Roman Catholics. It also gives a brief detail of changes of Latin during the Late and medieval periods, maps are found in the back, key dates of Roman history, and historical, mythological, and geographical names in Latin. Also, found in the dictionary are summaries of grammar skills of Latin, Roman dates and times, and Roman weights and measures, and Roman money. Overall, it is definitely recommended for those who need a reference dictionary and the student learning Latin.
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2.0 out of 5 stars As a desk reference I do not recommend it.
The word selections are limited and does not contain the ordinary words that I looked up either in the Latin or English sections. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ruth Mary Pollack
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Language Acessory
Good in all disciplines, this makes concise only just the word needed to comprehend the work being done. Use it daily!
Published 28 days ago by Jude
4.0 out of 5 stars Latin Dictionary
This book helps me when I am talking to people with an interest in Latin and when I need a translation.
Published 1 month ago by Robinson Marriott
3.0 out of 5 stars Latin 101
Not the most scholarly work for classical Latin, and a bit short on medieval Latin, this somewhat abbreviated dictionary is very fast and easy to use.
Published 4 months ago by Robert M Strippy
5.0 out of 5 stars it all Greek to me...
i mean how do you rate a dictionary? then again who do you rate one in Latin? I'm just glad it was available.
Published 4 months ago by chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Tiny
Unfortunately, tiny book translates into tiny font. The book is about 8 x 5 and one of the larger sizes of this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lajean Keller
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Too expensive. Find another similar product. This book is tiny...for someone like me who has difficulty seeing, it's not a good buy.
Published 4 months ago by Sofia
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource for intermediate Latin student
Used for all my undergraduate Latin--great reference
Morwood is the man when it comes to language lexicons. If you have this and a good grammar (Bennett? Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Hooge
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Latin/English Dictionary
Good dictionary. Covers all the basic vocabulary you will cover in beginning and intermediate classes. Type is large enough to read easily.
Published 9 months ago by W. Craft
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I expected more phrases. I would, however recommend it to a friend. It served my purpose and the price was reasonable.
Published 10 months ago by Divagram
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