2nd Edition

Latin for the Illiterati A Modern Guide to an Ancient Language

By Jon R. Stone Copyright 2009
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    This revised and updated edition includes a brand new foreword by Richard LaFleur and more than fifteen hundred new entries and abbreviations. Organized alphabetically within the categories of verba (common words and expressions), dicta (common phrases and familiar sayings), and abbreviations, this practical and helpful reference guide is a comprehensive compendium of more than 7,000 Latin words, expressions, phrases, and sayings taken from the world of art, music, law, philosophy, theology, medicine and the theatre, as well as witty remarks and sage advice from ancient writers such as Virgil, Ovid, Cicero, and more.

    Pronunciation Guide.  Latin for the Illiterati: Verba (Common Words and Expressions).  Dicta (Common Phrases and Familiar Sayings).  Abbreviations.  Miscellaneous.  English-Latin Index


    Jon R. Stone is a best-selling author and a Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He is the author of More Latin for the Illiterati: A Guide to Everyday Medical, Legal, and Religious Latin, The Routledge Book of World Proverbs and The Routledge Dictionary of Latin Quotations, also published by Routledge.

    ‘Latin for the Illiterati is a perfect companion for every reader, student, and scholar on his or her lifelong journey.’ – Ingram

    ‘Stone…has penned one of those rare reference works that is both highly affordable and highly useful…While many resources supply similar information…few sources also include such a range of sayings and phrases, in this case well over 5,000. In addition, the last section of stone’s work is a real boon to reference librarians…Highly recommended.’Library Journal

    ‘If you’re a student trying to improve your vocabulary, this is a great book. If you’re a law student trying to figure out what phrases meant before they meant what they did what they mean, this is a great book. For those who have forgotten the three years of parochial-school Latin, this is a really great book.’ – Publisher’s Weekly

    Latin for the Illiterati will be a terminus ad quem (i.e., finishing point) for many a question about the terra incognita (i.e., unknown land) that even common Latin expressions are to many people today. [The book], of course, delves more deeply into the Latin lexicon than a polyglot source…and there in lies its value.’ Bene! – Rettig on Reference

    ‘A ready reference dream come true. . .’ – American Libraries