PDF Dictionary of Latin and Greek quotations, proverbs, maxims, and motto Henry Riley (1891)

Dictionary of Latin and Greek quotations, proverbs, maxims, and mottos, classical and medieval, including law terms and phrases  PDF book Henry Riley  (1891)

Dictionary of Latin and Greek quotations


A Dictionary of Latin Quotations more copious, correct, and complete than any hitherto published had long been a cherished ideal of the publisher and awaited only- time and circumstance for its development. Finding in the present editor a gentleman well qualified both by reading and industry to carry out his views, he placed the materials in his hands, and these with large additions, the fruit of further researches, are now laid before the reader. 


The present collection differs from its predecessors in being limited exclusively to Latin and Greek quotations, the publisher intending, at a later period, to give French, Italian, Spanish, and German, in a separate volume. This arrangement has enabled him to nearly quadruple the number of Latin quotations given heretofore, and to extend the number of Greek from about twenty to upwards of five hundred; amounting in all to an aggregate of more than eight thousand.


. The translations are throughout either Of carefully revised and as literal, It would have been easy to make many of them more epigrammatic, but it was thought better to leave this to the reader's own taste. Authorities are adjoined wherever it has been found possible to discover them, and in vast many instances, they appear for the first time in a Dictionary of Quotations.


 Many of the nonsensical commentaries have been dispensed with, as in almost every instance, the translation is correct, the quotation is more Intelligent without them. Our only fear is that we have adopted too many. One new, and it is hoped valuable,. A quotation, how appropriate, would entirely lose its effect with those who are best able to appreciate its force if blemished by false delivery. It has been thought unnecessary to mark the finale, because, as the classical reader will know, it is never silent.


Author: Henry T. Riley,
Publication Date:1891

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