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review 2019-06-10 06:53
Annus Horribilis: Latin for Everyday Life by Mark Walker
Annus Horribilis: Latin for Everyday Life - Mark Walker

TITLE:  Annus Horribilis: Latin for Everyday Life


AUTHOR:  Mark Walker




FORMAT:  Hardcover


ISBN-13:  9780752442846




"What do "quid pro quo" and "habeas corpus" mean? Why do plants have Latin names? Why do families, towns, countries, and even football teams have Latin mottoes? What do the Latin epitaphs in churches say? These are just a few of the topics covered in this comprehensive guide to Latin for the layman. With wit and clear language, the Latin phrases and words that surround us and compose our contemporary vocabulary are exposed and decoded. Entertaining and informative, this study proves that Latin is anything but dead."
This book came about as a result of the author's teaching an evening class in Latin for adult beginners, and realising that the traditional Latin courses were not ideally suited to the needs of his mature students.  This is an introductory text to the type of Latin encountered in everyday life, that should be followed by a more comprehensive text if the reader has a further interest in the subject.  The author covers the history and development of Latin, familiar Latin phrases, acronyms & abbreviations, Roman names and numerals, mottoes, Latin for Gardeners, Doctors & Lawyers, church Latin, Latin in music, hymns, Christmas carols and the Latin Mass, Roman inscriptions and Latin epitaphs.  I found the book interesting and informative, and definitely requiring further examination.
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review 2016-03-04 16:17
The aftermath of Volume 3
Invincible, Vol. 4: Head of the Class - Ryan Ottley,Cory Walker,Robert Kirkman,Mark Waid

The aftermath of Volume 3's surprise: Mark's mother falls into depression, Mark graduates, his love life progresses but alien invasions and trips to Mars get in the way.
Still quite engaging but it does go on a bit. There's only so much super-villain squashing that I can take.

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text 2015-08-29 12:21
for Troy & Hobbit questors
Hobbitus Ille: The Latin Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien,Mark Walker

In foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus.

(‘In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.’)



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review 2013-10-22 14:30
Geoffrey of Monmouth's Life of Merlin - Mark Walker
Life of Merlin - Geoffrey of Monmouth,Mark Walker

So this is a translation of one of the first attributable, "literary" (ie non-folk-tale) stories about Merlin, the West's most famous wizard. It's quite surprising in many ways: there's very little actual magic here, apart from prophecy, and Merlin is a madman and not very nice to his wife or sister.

The translation itself is reasonably skilled. I've not read the original, so am obviously not qualified to comment on faithfulness in letter or in spirit, but I liked the fact that Walker uses hexameters and alliteration to highlight the fact that hey, this is, after all, a poem, people. And the introductions at the beginning of each chapter are REALLY helpful, as I have a tendency to stop concentrating when I'm reading a narrative poem.

An excellent introduction to Merlin as a literary figure, and to a severely under-read author.

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