Cassell's Standard Latin Dictionary, Thumb-indexed Hardcover – Oct 15 1977
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Cassell's Latin Dictionary Since its first appearance in 1854 and through many revisions this dictionary has remained constant in its appeal to scholars. As Head of the Classical Department at Eton College, D. P. Simpson was uniquely qualified to revise the work in the light of modern knowledge and he has introduced fresh material from a number of sources. In English idiom and Latin spelling he has followed present-day usages. "This new and revised Latin Dictionary is among the best of its kind, being reliable, compact and adequate for the needs of all save the specialist. He has produced what is in effect a new book, typographically easy to consult and combining elegance with utility" The Times Literary Supplement Famous Cassell's Dictionaries French-English, English-French Standard, Thumb-indexed and Concise Editions German-English, English-German Standard, Thumb-indexed and Concise Editions Spanish-English, English-Spanish Standard, Thumb-indexed and Concise Editions Italian-English, English-Italian Standard and Thumb-indexed Editions English-Dutch, Dutch-English Standard Edition Latin-English, English-Latin Standard, Thumb-indexed and Concise Editions A series of companion volumes showing the peculiarities of meaning and usage in colloquial speech, the intricacies of which cannot be adequately explained in a standard dictionary. Cassell's Colloquial French Cassell's Colloquial German Cassell's Colloquial Italian Cassell's Colloquial Spanish
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Cassells Bilingual Dictionaries
Acclaimed Worldwide Since 1854
- Incorporates modern English idiom and current Latin spelling.
- Includes general classical information where appropriate.
- Shows long and short vowels where not immediately apparent.
- Indicates irregular plural forms.
- Cites and quotes ancient classical authors.
- Suggests paraphrases to express modern English in classical Latin form.
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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.
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).
Anyhow, this is a great reference for general and home use!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This dictionary doesn't give you the word in nominative, genitive, but instead, 1st person nominative, and the infinitive suffix. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D
I enjoy dictionarys and have several latin english ones. A great reference bookPublished 20 months ago by ernest reinhart
It is super rare that what I need is not there, though I've only been using it a few weeks now. I've only heard good things about it and I've only had good results with it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Devan
I bought this dictionary on the recommendation of a friend, and it has served me incredibly well throughout my Latin education. Read morePublished 23 months ago by AfrikanCanadian
Just to make a correction, the price for the Oxford Latin Dictionary edited by G.W. Glare is actually $274.00 not $150.00. My mistake.Published on June 25 2004
As a student, and taking Latin for my 3rd year, I found that Cassell's Latin Dictionary was the most helpful thing I had come across, and I wish that I had sooner! Read morePublished on June 18 2001 by Marian H. Craver
This is a great dictionary for students who are past the introductory college level, and are reading Latin prose and poetry; or other readers who need a dictionary more extensive... Read morePublished on May 9 2000 by Geoffrey Lam
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