Latin for the Illiterati: Exorcising the Ghosts of a Dead Language

Latin for the Illiterati: Exorcising the Ghosts of a Dead Language

by JonStone (Author)


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.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 220
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Published: 25 Jun 1996

ISBN 10: 0415917751
ISBN 13: 9780415917759

Media 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 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, 7/15/96
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, 10/96
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
Author Bio
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).