Annus Horribilis: Latin for Everyday Life

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Carpe diem with this guide to the Latin language
 
What do "quid pro quo" and "habeas corpus" mean? Why do plants have Latin names? Why do families, towns, countries, and even soccer teams have Latin mottoes? What do the Latin epitaphs in churches say? What are the words of Mozart's "Requiem?" These are just a few of the topics covered in this comprehensive guide to Latin for the layman. With wit and clear language, the...

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Overview

Carpe diem with this guide to the Latin language
 
What do "quid pro quo" and "habeas corpus" mean? Why do plants have Latin names? Why do families, towns, countries, and even soccer teams have Latin mottoes? What do the Latin epitaphs in churches say? What are the words of Mozart's "Requiem?" These are just a few of the topics covered in this comprehensive guide to Latin for the layman. With wit and clear language, the Latin phrases and words that surround us and compose our contemporary vocabulary are exposed and decoded. Entertaining and informative, this study proves that Latin is anything but dead.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752458984
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,429,514
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Walker is the author of Amida and Annus Moribilis and the former editor of the Gramophone Film Music series and the Musicals Good CD Guides series.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    an excellent synopsis of Latin for our everyday world

    For those who never had Latin, or remember only Amo-amas-amat, this book showcases useable Latin--not only the occasional motto or abbreviation, but [perhaps best of all for music lovers] the meaning in the words of the Requiem mass, and some of the peculiarities of Medieval Latin, so often missed in high school Latin courses.
    This book is for the browser, not the autodidact, and is one I would keep on the shelf for occasional perusal.

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