Latin Dictionaries/Lexicons

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Butters | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jul 24 2013 6:14 PM

It seems to me that dictionaries are critical and essential beasts at the heart of what makes Logos such an amazing resource.    

All of my hardcopy dictionaries - my OED, my Lewis & Short, my OLD, my LSJ, etc. - now look mighty inert sitting on my study shelves.  Huge, unwieldy, and just lacking in so many ways - not dynamically linked, unsearchable, etc.  I am hoping that in the near future, I shall be able to  probably put them out to retirement in the living room, where they can enjoy cocktail hour, where our guests can gaze upon their spines lovingly.  Smile

I own Logos' LSJ and love it.  And I've bid on the Lewis & Short - and Logos is correct, it is an excellent dictionary.

Still, it's hard to believe that the OUP doesn't want to expand its market for a volume (the Oxford Latin Dictionary) that, really, as a printed resource, has probably seen its day.  

So I am still hoping that the Oxford Latin Dictionary - and even the OED - will be in the works someday.  And maybe even Forcellini's Lexicon Totius Latinitatis.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 24 2013 9:18 PM

Lewis and Short's Latin Dictionary is trying to be published but not enough interest has been shown in it. The Oxford Latin Dictionary was, as I understand it, close to done, when OUP pulled the contract. It had been under development for sometime by Logos but then vanished  of pre-pub status. So add your bid to L & S and hopefully as you said OLD will make it to Logos.

-Dan

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 24 2013 9:22 PM

Oxford Latin Dictionary is a fuller discussion.

-Dan

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Butters | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 25 2013 7:22 AM

What seems odd to me is that we all need dictionaries.  

For example, I understand that maybe not everyone wants the Patrologiae Cursus Completus - and that for others perhaps Paul Tillich, or whomever, is a priority. 

But a dictionary?  Don't we all need dictionaries?  

Maybe we should start a "campaign for L&S thread"?

I'd be glad to do it - however, methinks you prolly have more clout around here, I'm just a newcomer. 

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 25 2013 7:38 AM

Mr. Micawber:

What seems odd to me is that we all need dictionaries.  

For example, I understand that maybe not everyone wants the Patrologiae Cursus Completus - and that for others perhaps Paul Tillich, or whomever, is a priority. 

But a dictionary?  Don't we all need dictionaries?  

Maybe we should start a "campaign for L&S thread"?

I'd be glad to do it - however, methinks you prolly have more clout around here, I'm just a newcomer. 

Come on, you could have a Dickens of a time with it.  Wink

george
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Butters | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 25 2013 7:42 AM

Haha, hello George.  Smile

I prolly would indeed, sir.  I can't keep waiting for "something to turn up" forever, now can I?  lol!!

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 25 2013 10:28 AM

Mr. Micawber:
Maybe we should start a "campaign for L&S thread"?

There are probably ten such already. Feel free to search for them and bump the one you like best.Smile

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