- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 28, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019861070X
- ISBN-13: 978-0198610700
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.9 x 5.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oxford Latin Desk Dictionary 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's very good, but the vocabulary is limited. I'm looking for English translation mainly, so I have little use for the English to Latin side of the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Glovehead
This book is a wonderful companion book for anyone taking Latin in college.Published 1 month ago by William Henry Stewart
The content is OK, somewhat abbreviated as expected. The book itself is disappointing. The paper is cheap and the binding is poor. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janet Rasmussen
Its not exactly what I had hoped for, but it is better than some others.Published 10 months ago by adonicus
Without doubt, a very useful tool in my quest to learn Latin.Published 15 months ago by Gary L. Inman