Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Robertson: Praseologia Generalis
Praseologia Generalis: A Dictionary of Latin Phrases by William Robertson (1824)
This book was specifically prepared "for the more speedy progress of students in Latin composition." It is not really a book of proverbs so much as it is a dictionary of Latin idioms of all kind - although it contains all kinds of proverbs and other cliches. It is organized alphabetically by the English topics covered. Here is a typical example:
ABILITY, or, power; vires, facultas, efficiendi vis, potentia, efficacia, robus: as, Everyone to do according to his ability; metiri se quemque, suo modulo, pee, sua facultate et efficacia.