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An ideal device for learning Latin while enjoying it and broadening your horizons. Even if you know no Latin at all, this book will entertain and instruct you.Here is a primer on classical antiquity in a nutshell, or rather, in many nutshells. ItMoreAn ideal device for learning Latin while enjoying it and broadening your horizons. Even if you know no Latin at all, this book will entertain and instruct you.Here is a primer on classical antiquity in a nutshell, or rather, in many nutshells. It adapts, corrects, reshapes, and expands the Latin part of Henry T. Rileys famous Dictionary of Latin and Greek quotations, proverbs, maxims, and mottos, classical and mediaeval, including law terms and phrases. The pages are flowing text, not graphic screenshots, so the text can be resized, searched, annotated, and so on. Teachers can easily search for particular forms or endings to use as illustrations in lessons and for practice.More than 6400 Latin expressions make for interesting browsing at the very least. Especially well represented are Virgil, Ovid, Cicero, Seneca, Horace, Plautus, Terence, Juvenal, Phaedrus, Publilius Syrus- proverbs medieval and ancient- the Salerno physicians and medical traditions- ecclesiastical sayings and prayers (particularly of the Roman variety)- state and aristocratic mottos- and legal expressions. These and many more have been culled to provide a reservoir of examples, ice-breakers, diversions, attention-getting and thought-provoking enhancements for any class. The brevity of most items encourages beginning students, as they are not overwhelmed by long blocks of text. Nor will they confront a colorless list of phrases since there are short explanations, historical notes, asides, and cross-references.Put this book to good use as a standard reference work, as an ancillary inexpensive textbook appropriate for schools and colleges, or as a handy means for independent study, review, and further learning. It offers an easy introduction to Latin authors and the language itself as well as a convenient way to help you repeat what is worth the repeating.The ages have given us much. Keeping our sense of good judgment, we may find it wise to follow the old proverb, Noli equi dentes inspicere donati (Look not a gift-horse in the mouth.), even if Non omne quod nitet aurum est (All that glitters is not gold.).Note: Do not confuse this book with Particularly Good Latin, which presents the little essential words rather than the great ideas and major widespread usages of the language. The best recommendation is to be sure that you have both texts.