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Ancient Rome in So Many Words
The brief word-histories in this book are meant to provide background on some words that everyone learns when they study Latin, as well as some rarer terms that have interesting stories to tell about Roman culture. This books lists a new word or phrase that came into American English every year from 1975 to 1998, with a selection of early additions from 1497 to 1750, and d ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Hippocrene Books
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The official blurb about this book is accurate. A series of one-page descriptions of important (and not so important) Latin words illustrating aspects of Roman life and also reminding us that our assumptions about the way things must always have been are not necessarily accurate. (What exactly was a pater familias? I thought I knew, but it's more nuanced than I realized.) A great book to keep by the bedside. Read just one page a night and in a few months become a Better Person!
From childhood (crepundia) to death (monumentum), this book takes a look at ancient Rome one word at a time. Some words look familiar but have very different meanings for the Romans than they do for us. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Roman history or word origins.
This book has floated on my Kindle for a while. It's a good floater because it's a collection of short entries. So whenever I was deciding what to read next, I read this. It tells the origin and usage of Latin words in Ancient Rome. The book gives you a piece by piece picture of the culture of the Roman Empire. I would enjoy a sequel just as much.