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Chambers Murray Latin-English Dictionary

 
Friday, February 20, 2009, 19:47 - Books, dictionaries and texts
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I was recently asked by a friend who is just starting to learn Latin what dictionary I would recommend. To my own surprise, I found myself in the position of someone who wholeheartedly suggests something that he does not in fact possess! Not only I do not own a copy of Chambers Murray Latin-English Dictionary, I have passed a chance of buying it at a very low price when my local bookstore was cleaning up the inventory. Nevertheless, this is the one to have. This dictionary is quite different from a plethora of toy dictionaries that you can pick up for a few bucks just about at any given bookstore. This is a serious lexicographical tool. Not only the definitions are quite lucid, but you also have the benefit of additional info about the usage of particular words in specific authors. Also, this dictionary only has the Latin-English part. Why anyone would ever want an English-Latin dictionary as a part of a standard reference book, is beyond me. Even if you plan to take a course on Latin composition, you should get a real English-Latin dictionary and not use the second half of a cheap Latin-English lexicon.

Now, as for the reason why I do not own this edition, I simply invested into heftier volumes, such as Oxford Latin Dictionary and some specialized dictionaries. But if you are just starting with Latin, keep this one in mind.

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