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suggestions for latin dictionaries (UK)

Post by littlewoy » Sat Nov 13, 2004 1:15 pm

I think i've just about reached the limit of my oxford pocket dictionary, but I don't need the full thing yet. Anyone know of any good dictionaries in between? Does anyone use the cassell one?

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Post by Episcopus » Sat Nov 13, 2004 1:22 pm

My Collins Latin Dictionary has never steered me wrong :D
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Post by adz000 » Sat Nov 13, 2004 2:21 pm

Chambers Murray is my favorite portable Latin dictionary.

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Post by chrisb » Sat Nov 13, 2004 7:08 pm

An Elementary Latin Dictionary - Lewis.

There is one advertised on ebay (search 'Latin') - currently no bids - 99p.

Good luck if you go for it.

It is probably more than you want, but will last a good long time.

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Post by William » Sun Nov 14, 2004 4:23 pm

chrisb wrote:An Elementary Latin Dictionary - Lewis.
I second that recommendation.

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Post by adz000 » Sun Nov 14, 2004 6:10 pm

I've never used the elementary Lewis, but the big Lewis is fantastic and better than the OLD in some respects.

Just keep in mind that both of these (elementary and big L&S) are available online at Perseus for free.

The most efficient setup for dictionaries I've found is to have a portable one and a huge, reference-sized one. There is little point in a medium-sized dictionary.

If your Oxford pocket dictionary is not functioning as a portable dictionary (too low quality) or it's falling apart for whatever reason, buying another small-sized dictionary is worth it. But if you're going to continue using your pocket dictionary to carry with you, consider the benefits of investing in a much larger dictionary which--if your Latin habit turns into a full-blown addiction--you'll end up buying anyway, and which would then make any medium-sized dictionary just a shelf-ornament.

It depends on where you see yourself with Latin in a few years.

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Post by benissimus » Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:39 am

Cassell's is very good, but I prefer L&S - L&S is bulkier though.
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