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- DescriptionThis compact book reproduces fifty-two memorials in Latin taken from churches situated largely in the West Country. Each memorial is accompanied by a translation and by tes on the grammar. The book is aimed at all who would like to be able to read Latin epitaphs in churches, and whose kwledge of the language may be sketchy. The introduction explains the conventions involved in lettering, abbreviations, Latinized personal names, and stock phrases. It is followed by a very brief Latin grammar and tes on Roman numerals and dates. At the back of the book there is a word list containing all those words found in the inscriptions with numbered references, plus a selection of words which are commonly found in inscriptions generally, though t in those printed here. By combining these resources in one book, the author equips the reader with the tools to tackle other epitaphs beyond the pages of this book and further afield. Every attempt is made to help the reader understand the context in which each inscription was composed. For instance it is stressed that the composers of such epitaphs were skilled Latin scholars, and that there are very few errors to be seen. Errors attributable to the stonemasons or sign-writers are ted and corrected.
- Author BiographyJohn Parker is a retired teacher and has published three other books: Crossnumbers(1993), The Platonic Solids (2002) and Ad Hoc, Ad Lib, Ad Nauseam (2008). He also contributes to Ad Familiares the journal of 'Friends of the Classics', which aims to disseminate the classics to the wider population.
- Author(s)John Parker
- PublisherUniversity of Exeter Press
- Date of Publication31/08/2012
- SubjectLocal History, Names & Genealogy
- Series TitleCultural Legacies
- Place of PublicationExeter
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintThe Exeter Press
- Content Note8 black and white illustrations
- Weight272 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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