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.


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
http://www.codex-sinaiticus.net/

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

Business name ideas: How to use Greek to build the image of your company

 
Saturday, July 5, 2008, 21:03 - Ancient Greek Language, Books, dictionaries and texts
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As promised, I return to the issue of finding creative and appealing names for modern businesses. Although the economy is going through one of its less stellar moments this may be the right time for people to try new venues and there is no reason to suggest that the number of start-ups has not been on the rise.

Quite reminiscent of the use of the Latin language for naming a business or a product line, Ancient Greek helps create a strong, established image, while adding some sense of sophistication. As with Latin, the simplest way to incorporate Greek is to use a name of a god, a goddess or a well-known historic personality. Here is a brief list of some Greek deities:

Zeus - King of Gods
Apollo - God of Light
Hermes - Messenger of the Gods, god of commerce
Poseidon - God of the Sea
Ares - God of War
Hephasstus - God of Fire
Dionysus - God of Wine
Eros - God of Love
Athena Goddess of Wisdom
Artemis - Goddess of the Hunt
Aphrodite - Goddess of Love/Beauty
Hera - Queen of the Gods
Demeter - Goddess of Grain/Crops

Most of these names are most likely in use. However, you can still come up with something creative and appropriate. How about Artemis as a name for a company that provides hunting and outdoors equipment tailored to the needs of women?

There are more options that one can come up with using the names of Greek heros. In Greek mythology, a hero is someone born from the union of a deity and a human.

Heracles - Mightiest of all mortals; son of Zeus; eventually was granted immortality
Oedipus - solved riddle of the Sphynx
Perseus - Son of Zeus; slayer of Medusa
Jason - Led Argonauts to search for Golden Fleece
Theseus - King of Athens; slayer of Minotaur
Atalanta - Fastest mortal, hunter of the Caladonian boar
Bellerphon Mortal who rode Pegasus
Atlas - Giant who supported earth on his shoulders
Orpheus - Greatest musician married to Eurydice
Titans - Giants who ruled before the Olympic gods
Midas - Richest human; everything he touched turned to gold
Persephone - Daughter of Demeter; goddess of spring


See also:
Greek Gods and Goddesses

One would easily recognize some names used by very successful companies. Midas, of course, is very notable, even though the mythological reference is somewhat ambivalent, because the richness of Midas was connected with his curse.
The resources for somewhat merely willing to do some research in Greek mythology are very vast. If you want to be absolutely sure that your use of a particular name for your new business is correct and appropriate the most definitive source is undoubtedly the Oxford Classical Dictionary.

You would have a much more difficult time relying on Internet resources if you want to explore the Ancient Greek vocabulary in order to find some perfect sounding names for your business. Your best bet is to use the newly published and very affordable Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary This dictionary, unlike most Ancient Greek dictionaries out there, has a concise and authoritative English-Greek part, along with a pronunciation guide. You can easily look up meanings, pronounce them and determine whether you want to use them in your business' name.

Here are some examples of the words that can be well suited to be used as a company name (even in a modified form if you wish) or a name of a product:

Chreis - need, use
Tachus - fast
Hercos - fence
Kainos - new
Aletheia - truth
Scaphe - tub
Phoros - tax
Trophos - nurse
Stoa - porch
Telos - result
Dynamis - strength

If you efforts prove unsuccessful you can always resort to the help of a company that specialized in naming businesses. You can still tell them that you would like to find something with Greek roots and connotations, if you wish!

See also:
Business name ideas
Restaurant name ideas

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