Oxford Latin Dictionary

Oxford Latin Dictionary

by Oxford Dictionaries
     
 

The world's most authoritative dictionary of Classical Latin, the monumental, two-volume Oxford Latin Dictionary offers unsurpassed coverage of the language of Rome from its beginnings until AD 200. More than half a century in the making, and originally published in a series of fascicles (parts) from 1968, this magisterial reference work was finally published in a

Overview

The world's most authoritative dictionary of Classical Latin, the monumental, two-volume Oxford Latin Dictionary offers unsurpassed coverage of the language of Rome from its beginnings until AD 200. More than half a century in the making, and originally published in a series of fascicles (parts) from 1968, this magisterial reference work was finally published in a single volume format in 1982. Now this indispensable resource is available in a revised and freshly redesigned Second Edition.

As well as 40,000 headwords and 100,000 senses, the Dictionary includes a vast collection of illustrative quotations taken from the canon of Classical literature, arranged for the first time conveniently under each sense and subsense. In addition, for the Second Edition, the newly digitized text incorporates a significant amount of editorial updating, including revised English translations, expansion of abbreviations, and clearer labelling throughout the text. The new design is a masterpiece of concision and clarity and the entire text is handsomely bound in two volumes. Finally, the supplementary material has been revised and includes a new Introduction by noted Classical scholar Christopher Stray, a Guide to using the Dictionary, a redesigned bibliography, and a new Foreword from the current editor.

The Oxford Latin Dictionary is a comprehensive and authoritative reference work—an absolutely essential work for all serious students of Latin, including teachers, students, and general readers interested in classical languages and literature as well as scholars working in ancient history, languages, art history, ancient philosophy, religion, archaeology, law, medicine, and natural science.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Following the 1983 original and several corrected incarnations of it, this second edition contains 40,000 headwords, 100,000 senses, and more than 400,000 citations, providing exhaustive coverage of Latin words through A.D. 200 (medieval and ecclesiastical Latin not included). Given its scope and detail, this is undoubtedly a comprehensive resource for scholars of classical Latin and related disciplines. However, the main changes since the previous release are in design and organization rather than in substance. For instance, the splitting of the dictionary into two volumes and the new shading at the edge of the pages, designating each letter, make navigation easier than before. Additionally, to make each item more readable, the editor rearranged text so that citations are found immediately after the relevant sense or subsense rather than grouping all citations at the end of an entry, improving the work's organization. The publisher states that there are revised English translations for some terms, but none were found among 30-plus random comparisons made (admittedly a very small percentage of the whole text). VERDICT An excellent resource for college students, instructors, and scholars of Classical Latin and related fields, but owners of the first edition may want to wait for future possible updates that feature a greater number of revisions.—Elizabeth Matkowski, Phillips Lib., Aurora Univ., IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199580316
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
2400
Sales rank:
589,428
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.60(h) x 3.60(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >