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Latin for the Illiterati

Exorcizing the Ghosts of a Dead Language, 1st Edition

By Jon Stone

Routledge

220 pages

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pub: 1996-06-25
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Latin for the Illiterati is everyperson's reference to common Latin words and phrases. With over 6,000 entries--including 300 abbreviations--this volume will accompany every reader, student and scholar through their lifelong reading journey.

Reviews

"It will be useful to the common reader and lawyers, philosophers, medical doctors, etc. whose knowledge of Latin is no longer what it used to be!" -- The Journal of Ind o-European Studies

"It will be useful to the common reader and lawyers, philosophers, medical doctors, etc. whose knowledge of Latin is no longer what it used to be!" -- The Journal of Indo- European Studies

"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 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

"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

"Latin for the Illiterati will be the 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 therein lies it value. Bene!" -- Rettig on Reference

"Outstanding reference source." -- ALA/RUSA Reference Sources Committee Stone has compiled a helpful and practical reference guide aimed at those of us for whom Latin is terra incognita…[the book] is a ready reference dream come true.

"Stone has compiled a helpful and practical reference guide aimed at those of us for whom Latin is terra incognita…[the book] is a ready reference dream come true." -- American Libraries

About the Author

Jon R. Stone is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and Lecturer in the English Writing Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of A Guide to the End of the World: Popular Eschatology in America (1993).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies