Books, dictionaries and texts

Most texts and materials on this site have to do with the Latin language, including its perception in popular culture: movies, tattoos, inscriptions, engravings, bits of ancient philosophy, online Latin resources and company names. There is also information about learning Latin and Greek: textbooks, dictionaries, DVDs and software that can be used in a homeschooling environment.

Free PHI 5.3 (Collection of Latin texts from the Packard Humanities Institute)!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 20:17 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Software
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PHI 5.3 is a Latin language equivalent of Thesaurus Linguae Graecae. This package used to be licensed at a small cost to individuals. Not many people know this , but currently PHI 5.3 (as well as PHI 7) can be obtained freely from the Packard Humanities Institute. Here is a quote from the License Agreement:

These materials are intended for non-commercial scholarly use by universities and scholars. The CD ROMs are being made available by means of a license agreement with an indefinite term. The fact that we offer this license at no charge (including shipping & handling costs) reflects PHI's desire that the texts on the discs be available to all interested scholars and institutions for educational purposes.

A brief description:

PHI currently offers two CD ROMs of classical texts:
PHI CD #5.3 ("Latin", issued 1991) contains virtually all classical Latin literature through A.D. 200, together with a few later texts (e.g. Servius, Porphyry, Zeno, Justinian). As an extra bonus we have also included the following versions of the Bible: Hebrew, Septuagint, Greek and Coptic New Testaments, Latin Vulgate, King James, and RSV.
PHI CD #7 ("Greek Documentary", issued 1997) contains (1) documentary papyri prepared at Duke University with the help of the University of Michigan; (2) Greek inscriptions prepared at Cornell, Ohio State University, et al.; and (3) a Coptic New Testament prepared at Yale and the Nag Hammadi texts as prepared at the University of Claremont.

For everybody's convenience I am making the License agreement and the Order form available here (I have the Packard Humanities Institute's permission, of course):

PHI files

The best thing about PHI is that the texts are often taken from the best editions and their quality is quite impressive. This is not your usual stuff which is all too often unusable for any serious reader of Classical texts.
Keep in mind, that you need to also find some software that is capable of displaying the text found on PHI CDs as well as Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG). I would recommend Musaios or Diogenes.

Codex Sinaiticus Online

Monday, July 21, 2008, 20:02 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Ancient Greek Language
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Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript - the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity - is of supreme importance for the history of the book.

This Website will go live on July 24, 2008

Truly, a marvelous codex. I saw it in London. Now we can all have our own printouts, I hope. I wonder if it is going to show up on Google Books :)

How I buy books (and how I got the Archaeological Study Bible)

Monday, July 21, 2008, 18:03 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Reviews
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First of all, I try to use the library:) But on those rare occasions when a particular book is absolutely necessary for me to own I nearly always end up buying used copies through Amazon. But I always check to see if someone is presently running fantastic special deals. I type "borders coupons" in the search engine and usually receive some satisfaction from the fact that I won't find a better deal. Well, not this time! I decided to buy the NIV Archaeological Study Bible published by Zondervan. I heard very good reviews of this edition, it seems to be a solid piece of conservative, but reasonable scholarship. In this particular case, I did not want to buy a used copy because this is an edition with very thin pages, very prone to damage. After performing my usual check I discovered that Borders is currently running a rather spectacular promotion - 40% off any title (BC4777). I also got a $5 coupon from them in the mail (BR41925). Even though Borders was selling the Archaeological Bible at a regular list price the two promotions, when combined, put Amazon out of the competition. The 40% off one expires on Tuesday, so this is more of a general reminder to all not to take for granted Amazon's domination.

Home library design

Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 13:23 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Fine Arts
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Very few things warm up my heart quite as much as nice pictures of home libraries. At present, I cannot afford allocating a single room for books and books only, but that would sure be nice! Naturally, anyone with a flair for the classics can very easily fill up half a dozen tall bookcases without even thinking too much. Let's see. All Loebs, a good portion of OCTs, some blue Teubners, major works on Virgil, an assortment of Sources Chrétiennes for good measure... Most of the basic reference books I already have: OCD, OLD, a bunch of grammars. I even have several nice bookends with Classical motifs... Maybe this day will come...

See also:
Home Library - various articles
Some exquisite home libraries in pictures

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