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Description - A Smattering of Latin by Simon James

A fun, quirky, dip-in-and-outable exploration of Latin and its relevance today

Think Latin is an unnecessary, long-dead language? Think again! This fun, absorbing book, packed with quirky bite-sized lists, quizzes and trivia, proves that Latin is as vibrant and relevant today as it was 2,500 years ago. Find out how Latin appears surprisingly often in today's movies, and how the language has left its mark on our place names. Discover the beauty of Latin poetry with choice snippets from Catullus, Horace and Virgil, and find out what the most notorious Roman emperors got up to. Learn the basics of the language itself, and test your new-found skills by guessing the names of famous books, songs and James Bond films that we've cunningly translated into Latin.

From the spells in Harry Potter to the use of Latin in Asterix, to the Latin terms that litter law and medicine to the meaning behind your football club's motto, this book is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to brush up their Latin, whether they studied it at school or not.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781911042228
ISBN-10: 191104222X
Format: Hardback
(185mm x 135mm x 18mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Portico
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Publish Date: 11-Aug-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Simon James

Simon James teaches Latin at Westminster school in London, where he has lived and worked for many years. An avid cinephile, he is also the author of The London Film Location Guide.

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