Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life

Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life

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Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life by Harry Mount, Stephen Hoye

In this lighthearted guided tour of Latin, journalist and former Latin tutor Harry Mount breathes life back into the greatest language of all, drawing on everything from a Monty Python grammar lesson to Angelina Jolie's tattoos. Filled with fascinating tidbits and humorous asides, Carpe Diem will delight the word lovers who made Eats, Shoots and Leaves such a monster hit.

Whether we're aware of it or not, Latin is all around us. Consider the sayings in everyday use: alter ego, ad nauseam, caveat emptor, modus operandi, per se, and, of course, the ever-popular e pluribus unum. Even more abundant are words derived from Latin roots: arena (from harena, meaning "sand"), auditorium ("a place of audience"), stadium (a running track)...and those are just the theatrical ones! It's inescapable. It's also the most daunting of languages, one that is seemingly obscure and filled with arcane rules and often accompanied by unpleasant memories of adolescence. But, as Mount says in Carpe Diem, "Knowing a bit of Latin is an invitation to the biggest room in the building, with a view down the corridor to all the succeeding ages. And you can get your hands on that invitation at any age."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400155248
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2007
Edition description: Unabridged, 1MP3-CD, 5 hours
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Harry Mount, formerly a Latin tutor, is a deputy comment editor for the Daily Telegraph.

Actor Stephen Hoye is a graduate of London's Guildhall and a veteran of London's West End. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has won thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and two prestigious APA Audie Awards.

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