Textkit Logo

Which books matter most to you?

Textkit is a learning community- introduce yourself here. Use the Open Board to introduce yourself, chat about off-topic issues and get to know each other.

Which books matter most to you?

Postby Ulpianus » Thu Apr 01, 2004 11:40 pm

Benissimus recently established just how many books we all have. I have a slightly different question: Of your many books, which ones do you like or need most? If you had to strip your library down to just three books, which ones would you keep, and why?

My choices:

Oxford Latin Dictionary A simply amazing resource for identifying all subtle shades of meaning.

Woodcock, A New Latin Syntax because of all grammar books it makes the best attempts to explain why grammar is as it is, and display it as a rational system, rather than just as a load of jargon

Virgil, OCT Because I can get the Georgics and the Aeneid in one volume and I've got to have something to read with my dictionary. A hard choice though, and partly a matter of mood.
Ulpianus
Textkit Member
 
Posts: 197
Joined: Fri Jan 23, 2004 3:14 pm
Location: London, UK

Postby Barrius » Thu Apr 01, 2004 11:49 pm

Right now, since I'm just learning, I'd have to say D'Ooge's "Latin For Beginners" is the only book I need. I'd love to be in a position to possess three Latin books ;o)
Barrius
Textkit Member
 
Posts: 191
Joined: Wed Mar 17, 2004 8:45 pm
Location: above ground, thank God!

Postby annis » Fri Apr 02, 2004 12:08 am

Smyth, Greek Grammar. Still the best reference for the basics, and obscure dialect matters.

The Middle Liddell - I don't know all those words!

The Oxford Book of Greek Verse - 596 pages of lyrical goodness, from large selections of Homer to Cometas (10th century).
William S. Annis — http://www.aoidoi.org/http://www.scholiastae.org/
τίς πατέρ' αἰνήσει εἰ μὴ κακοδαίμονες υἱοί;
annis
Textkit Zealot
 
Posts: 3399
Joined: Fri Jan 03, 2003 4:55 pm
Location: Madison, WI, USA

Postby chad » Fri Apr 02, 2004 12:48 am

what a horrible prospect. for me it'd have to be the ones i flick through every day:

sidgwick's greek prose composition: i find the 100 pages of notes in the front of this book the best summary of greek, for writing as well as reading.

my big lsj.

OCT iliad books 1-12, although aristotle would never forgive me for abandoning his topics, which i've been studying for over 3 years now...
chad
Textkit Zealot
 
Posts: 757
Joined: Tue Jul 22, 2003 2:55 am

Postby klewlis » Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:49 am

That's really hard! I have to do three for each language:

Latin:
501 Latin verbs
Latin dictionary (I just have the mini oxford)
Greek-Latin New Testament

Greek:
Middle Liddel
Kubo (Reader's Lexicon)
BGAD
User avatar
klewlis
Global Moderator
 
Posts: 1605
Joined: Tue Jul 29, 2003 1:48 pm
Location: Vancouver, Canada

Postby benissimus » Fri Apr 02, 2004 6:13 am

Most of the resources I use are online, but the books I tend to use most are Cassell's Latin Dictionary and Oxford Latin Dictionary as references, N&H Latin Prose Comp and M&F: Intensive Course for schoolwork, and Allen & Greenough's for grammar reference. I just got Woodcock, so that may yet become one of my main consorts.
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae
User avatar
benissimus
Global Moderator
 
Posts: 2733
Joined: Mon May 12, 2003 4:32 am
Location: Berkeley, California

Postby Emma_85 » Fri Apr 02, 2004 2:04 pm

Well, the books I just can't do without for my translation work (though in the exam all I'm allowed is a dictionary of course :wink: ) are all German.
One very short grammar (which includes an aorist table, which I need :P ) with only about 100 pages, my dictionary and my vocab book (the most important Greek vocabulary. I've copied all the words onto vocab cards) - that's about it really.
phpbb
User avatar
Emma_85
Global Moderator
 
Posts: 1564
Joined: Thu Jul 03, 2003 8:01 pm
Location: London

Postby PeterD » Fri Apr 02, 2004 3:12 pm

annis wrote:The Oxford Book of Greek Verse - 596 pages of lyrical goodness, from large selections of Homer to Cometas (10th century).


Hi Annis,

Which edition of the Oxford text would you recommend?

Thanks,

PeterD
PeterD
Textkit Enthusiast
 
Posts: 591
Joined: Sat Nov 15, 2003 6:54 pm
Location: Montreal, Canada

Postby annis » Fri Apr 02, 2004 9:50 pm

PeterD wrote:Which edition of the Oxford text would you recommend?


I grabbed the first and only edition I have ever run across, a 1954 printing, so I have nothing to offer as guidance.
William S. Annis — http://www.aoidoi.org/http://www.scholiastae.org/
τίς πατέρ' αἰνήσει εἰ μὴ κακοδαίμονες υἱοί;
annis
Textkit Zealot
 
Posts: 3399
Joined: Fri Jan 03, 2003 4:55 pm
Location: Madison, WI, USA

Re: Which books matter most to you?

Postby Bert » Sat Apr 03, 2004 7:46 am

Ulpianus wrote: If you had to strip your library down to just three books, which ones would you keep, and why?

I would keep Pharr, Cunliffes Homeric lexicon and Refresh Your Greek by Perschbacher.
Pharr and Cunliffe because I am studying Homer right now.
Refresh your Greek because it is a very convenient way to read the Greek NT.
(When I feel I am ready to move on from Homer I would want to trade Pharr and cunliffe in for Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics by Wallace and the shorter lexicon by Gingrich and Danker, so I might as well keep them :) )
Bert
Textkit Zealot
 
Posts: 1890
Joined: Sat May 31, 2003 2:28 am
Location: Arthur Ontario Canada

Re: Which books matter most to you?

Postby klewlis » Sat Apr 03, 2004 8:03 am

Bert wrote:(When I feel I am ready to move on from Homer I would want to trade Pharr and cunliffe in for Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics by Wallace and the shorter lexicon by Gingrich and Danker, so I might as well keep them :) )


We had to read Wallace in second year greek... there's a ton of good stuff in there, but I found that I absorbed very little upon first reading--I learned so much more when I was actually reading the text and had to look something up, instead of simply reading through all the technical stuff!

The shorter lexicon rocks, although I generally use Kubo instead since it's arranged by book. :)
User avatar
klewlis
Global Moderator
 
Posts: 1605
Joined: Tue Jul 29, 2003 1:48 pm
Location: Vancouver, Canada

Literature vs. grammar ?

Postby dlp » Mon Apr 05, 2004 12:29 pm

It seems odd that most replies to the original post responded with lexicons and grammars. I would ask instead that I be allowed the following:

Merrill's complete Catullus
Harrington's Roman Elegiac Poets
Dante's Divine Comedy (Dent edition)

But that's only if I have to choose in a hurry...
dlp
Textkit Neophyte
 
Posts: 11
Joined: Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:07 pm
Location: USA

Postby Episcopus » Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:50 pm

A book case violation...interesting...

Basic Chinese, a grammar and workbook by Yip Po Ching.
Latin Prose Composition based on Cicero, Henry Carr Pearson (NH doesn't want none like)
Zulu: Teach Yourself.


Others whose departures I would tearfully lament:

Hugo Italian in 3 months
Cambridge Latin Anthology
Help Yourself to Advanced French Grammar
Armenian, Hippocrene grammar

Chinese Grammar because 900 million speak this mandarin. Useful if you want to spend insane amounts of money then flee for a treehouse in the rice growing marshlands of china.

I want to see whether I can write better than Cicero, and Pearson introduces some of the more advanced grammar, especially indirect conditions which look tasty.

You need Zulu in your life, not for any formal holiday but for any situation in which you be captured by those savages. Speaking their language could lead to not only freedom but the trust and admiration of all Zulus. You could become a chief and invade neighbouring white-owned platinum mines.
User avatar
Episcopus
Textkit Zealot
 
Posts: 2563
Joined: Sat Jun 14, 2003 8:57 pm


Return to Open Board

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 77 guests