lassics)<br />"WPC Classics brings some of the most effective and best-loved publications from previous years, books currently out-of-print. WPC Classics is making the wisdom and teaching of classic older texts available once more, and are also developing a range of exciting new resources. Editor-in-Chief of the Series is John Traupman, PhD, St Joseph's University, Philadelphia."<br />It looks like one can order The Dictionary of Latin Synonyms
<br /><br />John Traupman: I would like to know more about him. He seems to be emeritus professor of classics at St. John's (www.sju.edu
) in Philadelphia, but websearches are proving more than usually futile for uncovering a curriculum vitae and his contributions to the field.<br /><br />I wish I had some sort of review before recommending a $40 book, but I don't think it could go that wrong without being useful despite itself. Even a raw list of synonyms for certain words is incredibly helpful.<br /><br />Another suggestion that just dawned on me. A Gradus ad Parnassum
might be a good supplement as well. These were thesauri specifically written for the student of Latin verse composition, so they show great invention in selecting synonyms (metri gratia) and the better editions quote abundantly. I believe the first Gradus
was a Jesuit publication in the 15th/16th century and they've been printed well into the 19th century. If you can get a hold of it, F. Noel published a French edition (1814) that even mines neo-Latin as a source for vocabulary. It includes phrases and epithets and often quotes entire poems to illustrate one word. Unfortunately it doesn't give you any information about divergences in meaning, and its emphasis on verse composition won't help the beginner. Still what's not to love about the 20 some-odd quotations of Vergil I find when I look up "festinare":<br /><br />Festino, as, avi, atum, are. n. Festinate, viri; nam quae tam sera moratur Segnities? Virg.
SYN. Celero, accelero, propero, appropero, advolo, maturo. PHR. Rapidis passibus feror, volo, avolo, evolo. Moras pello, tollo. Accelerare gradum. Maturare fugam. Celerem gradum concitare. Nec mora, nec requies. Tenuit mora nulla vocatos.<br />(20+ quotes from Virgil and others follow)<br /><br />Incredibly useful if you're willing to hear the tones of these words in context, which is for me by far the most difficult part of learning Latin. How do you hear accelerare without distortion from cognates like 'accelerate'?<br /><br />Best,<br />Adam