The gold standard among Latin dictionaries is A Latin Dictionary: Founded on Andrew’s Edition of Freund’s Latin Dictionary (Oxford University Press USA, 1956), more often known as (which is to say, almost exclusively known as) the Lewis and Short dictionary. This should not be confused with the Oxford Latin Dictionary (OLD), which would be of much less use to most readers of NovAntiqua since the OLD confines itself to Latin as used before AD 200. The aptly acronymed OLD has thus become the dictionary for classicists, while the Lewis and Short is for anyone working with Latin texts written in the eighteen-or-so centuries afterward (though it covers classical Latin, too). Portability is not one of the selling points of the Lewis and Short. Nor is price.
At the other end of the spectrum size- and price-wise is the Collins Gem Latin-English Dictionary – extremely portable and surprisingly comprehensive. A newer edition is available, but we haven’t had a chance to check it out yet.
We have mentioned the Lexicon of Saint Thomas Aquinas by Roy J. Deferrari (Loreto Publications, 2004) before, but it’s worth mentioning again here.
Just a reminder that we are still accepting entries for our Summa Giveaway until the night of Thursday, January 27. The winner will be drawn on Friday, the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. You can read the original post for more details, or you can
click here to fill out an entry form.
A copy of The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods by A. G. Sertillanges, O. P. (Catholic University of America Press, 1987) is an ideal gift for someone beginning graduate studies. It is worth reading cover to cover – and more than once – but even opening it at random will give the reader something worth mulling over. As evidence, the fruit of a few entirely random openings right now:
From page 135:
The more precious an idea is, the less it matters where it comes from. Train yourself to indifference about sources. Truth alone has a claim, and it has that claim wherever it appears. As we must not swear allegiance to anyone, so still less must we disdain anyone; and if it is not expedient to believe everybody neither must we refuse to believe anyone who can show his credentials.
From page 63:
But carried too far, silence in its turn has a disturbing effect; when all a man’s powers are intensely concentrated on his thinking, he easily loses his balance, his vision of the way; a diversion is indispensable to the life of the brain; we need the soothing effect of action.
From page 150:
Choose your books. Do not trust interested advertising and catchy titles. Have devoted and expert advisors. Go straight to the fountainhead to satisfy your thirst. Associate only with first-rate thinkers. What is not always possible in personal relations is easy, and we must take advantage of it, in our reading. Admire wholeheartedly what deserves it, but do not lavish your admiration. Turn away from badly written books, which are probably poor in thought also.
In honor of the upcoming feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, we have decided to host a giveaway of at least one volume of the NovAntiqua edition of the Summa Theologiae.
What you must do to enter the Giveaway:
- Fill out an entry form.
- The entry form will ask you to select an entry method – for each entry you need to do one of four things:
- Indicate a new title you’d like to see published by NovAntiqua
- Provide a link to a post on your blog that mentions (and links to) this giveaway
- Subscribe to the NovAntiqua.com blog by e-mail or in a feed reader using the links on the NovAntiqua.com sidebar, or
- “Like” NovAntiqua on Facebook
- Each person may submit up to four entry forms – one per entry method above.
- One winner will be chosen if there are 1 to 100 entries; an additional winner will be chosen for every 100 entries after the first 100.
- Each winner will receive one (1) volume of the NovAntiqua edition of the Summa Theologiae, as specified on his or her winning entry form.
- Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., Central Time, on Jan. 27, 2011.
- Winner(s) will be chosen by random-number-generated drawing on January 28 and notified using the e-mail address provided on the entry form.
- The winner(s) will have until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 1 to respond to the notification e-mail. If no response is received, the entry is discarded and another winner will be drawn.
Click here to fill out an Entry Form.
The winner has been drawn and notified; if no response is received, the entry will be discarded and another winner drawn on Feb. 2.
The complete works of Aristotle are another excellent companion to the NovAntiqua Summa. Princeton University Press has a two-volume (English) set featuring the Revised Oxford Translation (& yes, it has Bekker numbers).
Here’s a link to the Second Volume.
Volume IV of the Summa Theologiae of Saint Thomas Aquinas is back up on Amazon.com. If you were one of those who purchased a misprinted edition last week (see page 228 and following), click here to find out how to have your copy replaced, free of charge.
Forty-three pages of text in Volume IV were disarranged, some of them pretty significantly (pp. 228-270). This happened, ironically enough, during the process of proofing the text and making minor corrections. I know how I made the keystroke; I’m not sure how I missed the consequences until last night.
That said, we’ve already sent off a corrected text for reprinting. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be available on Amazon.com immediately; the misprinted copies are also being removed from Amazon. My estimate is that the corrected text will be available in a week.
Now, for those who purchased a misprinted copy of Volume IV:
- Mail page 228 of your copy to me (yes, I mean take a pair of scissors to your book – no photocopies, scans, photographs, or other electronic copies)
- Include your mailing address
- And we will ship a copy of the corrected edition to you after it becomes available.
We have no access to Amazon.com’s customer list, so if you don’t mail us page 228 (and include your mailing address!), we have no way to track you down.
We are very, very sorry for the inconvenience.
The address to send p. 228 to is
PO Box 50621
Nashville, TN 37205
It is here at last – Volume IV of the Summa Theologiae of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Latin-English Edition, is now on the digital shelves of Amazon.com.
Volume IV contains the second part of the Prima Secundae – Questions 71-114. These questions cover the
- Treatise on Habits in Particular, continued
- Evil Habits, i.e., Vices
- Treatise on Law
- Treatise on Grace
This volume is 640 pages, and it has a list price of $25.95 (eligible for Free Super-Saver shipping).
Work on Volume V is underway. We anticipate that the Secunda Secundae will be divided into three volumes due to the length of St. Thomas’s Treatise on Justice. Volume V will contain the Treatise on the Theological Virtues and the Treatise on Prudence. Volume VI will cover the Treatise on Justice and the Treatise on Fortitude. Volume VII will contain the Treatise on Temperance, the Treatise on Gratuitous Graces, and the Treatise on the States of Life.
We have been getting a lot of inquiries lately regarding the bi-lingual Summa project. And small wonder… it’s about time we posted an update.
Well, the news is that volume 4, comprising I-II, qq. 70-114, is well underway, and should be appearing in December of this year (2010).
We thank you for your inquiries and patience. It is truly humbling and encouraging to find out that so many are interested in the project. Thank you all so much for your support.