- a friendly and easy-to-follow introduction to Latin. The text
is the exciting and humorous story of a medieval monastery under
threat of attack from Vikings. Includes a CD with recordings of the
dialogues and exercises.
Cassell's Latin Dictionary : Latin-English, English-Latin
by D. P. Simpson
- a reasonably-priced bilingual Latin-English dictionary. Contains mainly
Classical Latin as used between about 200 BC and 100 AD, particularly by such
authors as Cicero, Caesar and Livy. Also includes a list of standard Latin
abbreviations, and information about the Roman calendar, bibliographies for
word lists, and maps.
- an in-depth biography of the Latin language that examines the reasons
why Latin made such a long-lasting impact on language, and how it managed
to stay alive for two millennia. Looks at how Latin's sturdy roots remained
untouched while empires rose and fell, the influence of religion, war and
the ways it has progressed through medieval times right up until the present day.
Latin Alive: The Survival of Latin in English and the Romance Languages
by Joseph B. Solodow
- tells the story of how Latin developed into modern French, Spanish, and
Italian, and deeply affected English as well. Offering a gripping narrative
of language change, Solodow charts Latin's course from classical times to
the modern era, with focus on the first millennium of the Common Era.
Though the Romance languages evolved directly from Latin, Solodow shows
how every important feature of Latin's evolution is also reflected in English.
His story includes scores of intriguing etymologies, along with many
concrete examples of texts, studies, scholars, anecdotes, and historical
events; observations on language; and more.
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