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  • Hardcover: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell's; 1 edition (Oct. 15 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0025225804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0025225800
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 6 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Cassell's Latin-English Dictionary has a long history. First published in 1854, it has continued in publication under various editors and revisions to the present text, the work of D.P. Simpson, Head of the Classics Department at Eton during the middle of the twentieth century. This book remains for all but the most advanced scholars in Latin the principle Latin dictionary. Clerics, students and general readers of the classics use this volume more than any other. There are other editions (concise editions, etc.), but this is primary volume for standard use.
The dictionary has two sections, a Latin-English side, and an English-Latin side. The Latin-English side contains a primary vocabulary of classical Latin, most words used and found in writings between 200 BCE and 100 AD/CE. There are also proper nouns (names, places). Spelling was flexible in the ancient world; the spelling here follows the conventional modern spellings, with cross-references for significant variances. Words indicate definitions, declension or conjugation as appropriate, and some pronunciation guides. Latin authors are also indicated (in abbreviation) for almost every word.
The English-Latin side is primarily useful for prose composition into Latin of the classical type. Because of the natural growth of language due to progress of technology and ideas, many English words will not be found, as there are no Latin equivalents. Latin equivalent words are taken largely from Cicero, Caesar and Livy, with some additions from legal and ecclesiastical Latin.
There are additional sections for standard Latin abbreviations, the Roman calendar, bibliographies for word lists, atlases, general antiquities, and Latin language guides. This is the best choice for a Latin dictionary for almost any purpose. Even high-end scholars will want the Cassell's for ready and easy reference.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Lamari on Sept. 26 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the only satisfactory "intermediate" Latin dictionary for the student who has just finished basic grammar and wants to read actual Latin authors. No other dictionary provides such a comprehensive overview of meanings at such an affordable price and attractive layout. Lewis' "Elementary Latin Dictionary" is by comparison twice as expensive and painful on the eyes. In addition, this Cassell Latin Dictionary has a more than adequate (although very brief) English to Latin dictionary for those who wish to compose in Latin themselves.
For any student who wants to appreciate the Latin language, and how it changed over time, Cassell is by far the best buy (short of purchasing the [more expensive]Oxford Latin Dictionary).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22 2004
Format: Hardcover
I gave the Cassell's Latin Dictionary a rating of 4 stars instead of 5 only because I consider the Oxford Latin Dictionary to be the best Latin-English dictionary available. Since it costs something like $150.00 however, it's not likely to appeal to most students of Latin. Which is why the Cassell's Latin Dictionary is a better choice. It represents a nice compromise between something like the Bantam paperback Latin-English,English-Latin dictionary and OLD. For anyone who is thinking of seriously studying Latin (beyond a 1st year introductory course for example) this is a good buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 24 2003
Format: Hardcover
Did you study Latin in high school or/and in college? Are you currently a Latin student at the high school or college level? If so, this is the perfect dictionary for you. All of the other Latin dictionaries are either too brief or just more than non-Latin-scholars need. (If you'd like a practical unabridged Latin dictionary, I strongly recommend "A Latin Dictionary" (Lewis and Short). I purchased the latter from Amazon and you should likewise be able to do so.)
Anyhow, this is a great reference for general and home use!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Ginestier on Oct. 24 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm a beginner at Latin, and I don't have much in the way of knowledge of other dictionaries to serve as comparison, so readers should take my opinions in this light.

This dictionary has been helpful, but regularly enough there are words I cannot find. My understanding from others is that it is a decent dictionary, but not the best. I believe Lewis and Short is considered the best one out there, but is pricey.

Another shortcoming of this dictionary -- and all print dictionaries -- is that the words you're looking for will only be listed in their primary declensions or inflections. For example, you won't find "dominis" because that is the plural dative/ablative of the singular nominative "dominus", which is listed. Likewise, you won't find "amavi", the perfect indicative first person singular active of "amo", the form in which it (as all verbs) is listed, that is present indicative first person singular active.

What I've actually resorted to using is Wiktionary. It's not perfect, but you can look up many words in their various declensions and inflections and find them instantaneously. It's a great resource. Of course, it's not subject to critical standards in the same way other dictionaries are, but I've found it to be accurate and sometimes better than my dictionary. Apparently there is also a Lewis and Short online dictionary, but I haven't checked it out. Either way, it's useful to have a printed dictionary to back up or verify what's found online, and also in situations where you can't be online. This one's OK.
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