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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; Blg Rep edition (March 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159240104X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592401048
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First prize for devilish translating. -- The Economist

Henry Beard is a national treasure . . . fine stuff. -- The Baltimore Sun

It’s perfect for these bickering times. -- The Dallas Morning News

About the Author

Henry Beard founded the National Lampoon along with Doug Kenney and Rob Hoffmann. Prior to National Lampoon, Beard collaborated with Kenney at the Harvard Lampoon during the late 1960s, producing nationally distributed parodies of Life and Time magazines and a book-length parody of The Lord of the Rings called Bored of the Rings. Since leaving National Lampoon, Beard has authored and co-authored over 30 humor books.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. O'ROURKE on December 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book would be funny for those just learning Latin because the English translations are funny. For those who know a fair amount of Latin the laughs are doubled as you read the English then work through the vocabulary chosen to express the sentiment in Latin! Contains countless phrases to be turned into t-shirts for your Latin geek friends and relatives
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Silverstone VINE VOICE on November 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Woe to this world if Henry Beard ever had to get a desk job. He is a brilliant humorist, who, in recent years, has allowed those of us who slogged through Cicero's speeches, Virgil's Aeneid and Caesar's Gallic Wars to enjoy a hearty laugh. X-Treme Latin is the third in the trilogy of Latin for All Occasions and Latin for Even More Occasions. Now, we are finally able to learn some really useful phrases and lines that would have been unthinkable (not to mention unvocabulariable) 21 centuries ago. Where else would you find snow-boarding lingo, country music song titles, and sushi bar discussions - all in Latin. If this is not proof that the language should have been allowed its respectful last gasps, I don't know what is. Of course, those of us who are corporate desk jockeys will also enjoy Caesar's PowerPoint Presentation. Until you see this book, you don't know how you could have lived without it (probably, pretty nicely, but that is really beside the point). Nevertheless, no longer will doctors, lawyers, and the Vatican have the upper hand when it comes to clever retorts in Latin after you read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Owl on May 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
Do you order the Virgil edition with the Latin translation side by side with the English? Have almost as much fun trying out your own translations of---say, Catullus--yes, particularly Catullus---as anyone else's? Don't mind, may even enjoy, the guffaw & the belly-laugh as well as the more genteel smile?

Henry Beard's "Xtreme Latin" may be the book for you, O Latinist, and a few like-minded students who want Latin for some of today's exigencies, such as road rage epithets, computer malfunctions, and useful ideas, including a few let's get acquainted lines ("I am only quoting the master, when I am driven to remark that you have....")

We know we are in good hands even from the cover. David's classic painting of "The Oath of the Horatii" has been amended to show the three stalwart, muscular soldiers presenting not their swords but three classic poses of insult such as the digitus impudicus. The grand finale is a complete run-down of the verb, f-tui, in all its tenses, including imaginative combinations with gaudio, as in "You, having gone and....., I rejoice."

The plentiful drawings capture the spirit of the occasion, including one splendid illustration of "The empire lost an inspired poisoner when he became a cook."

Caveat: the humor may not appeal to everyone, and the translations are, as I think they should be, in the spirit of rather than exact. Further, if read alone, only the Latin or the English, one misses the point. For those familiar enough with Latin to construe "Amor vincet omnia" ---- a light and delightful addition to our library of Henricus Barbatus.

Highly recommended for those who probably would also like an Xtreme Vulcan book but will settle happily for the Latin for now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A H Morris on May 7, 2012
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I loved Mr Beard's original books when they first came to my notice in the early nineties. So good then, so good now. These little bon mots make excellent confusing post it notes left randomly scattered throughout the office. Equally as good as baffling Facebook messages! I was thrilled to see these available as Kindle books, as I lent one of my original hardbacks out many years ago and I never got it back. I had lost hope when out of the blue I thought to hop on line and have a look.

Thank you Henry for the wonderful books. Thank you Kindle for giving many hard to get books a new audience.

Highly recommend this book!
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Yes, there's more Latin to learn after "Latin for All Occasions" and "Even More LfAO." The phrases translated here tend toward the sarcastic, the sexual, the scatological... Probably better suited for a college Latin lover than a high school student, but maybe I'm just ante-Imperium in my sensibilities. It also goes in-depth into the mysteries of conjugations by running the same insult through the gamut in one chapter; one can use it for reference when conjugating to or from Latin. A fine addition to the set, for the X-treme Latin scholar in your life.
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