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Working with Latin in Logos

With the expansion of our Catholic products, we’ve been steadily increasing the number of Latin texts in our library.

Though we don’t yet have the kind of tagging and search abilities for Latin that we have for Greek and Hebrew, there are a couple of resources and tricks you can use to make Logos effective for studying Latin texts.

  1. Download the Dictionary of Latin Forms. This free dictionary is based on the popular WORDS Latin-English Dictionary Program, which gives possible parsings and definitions for thousands of Latin forms. Because of its broad coverage, it lets you instantly view possible parsings and definitions for just about any Latin word in your Logos library by double-clicking or using the Information window. (A warning: the Dictionary is large, so downloading and indexing might take some time.)
  2. Learn to use wildcard searches. The asterisk (*) wildcard stands for any number of characters in a word, so you can combine it with a stem to find that stem with any ending.
  3. Download the free Perseus Classics Collection. This enormous library of classical texts and translations includes hundreds of Latin works, which are important both in their own right and as background for Christian Latin texts. Again, you’ll get the most out of them if you learn to search them effectively. The Perseus texts have lemma tagging, which makes it easier to find different forms of a word, but the sheer volume of material makes organizing them into collections worthwhile.
  4. Build your library with other Logos Latin texts and reference materials. Of particular note is Lewis & Short’s Latin Dictionary, which is still gathering interest on Community Pricing. If we can get enough orders to cover the cost, this volume, replete with classical and patristic references, will represent a major addition to our Latin offerings. A Logos edition of Lewis & Short would be incredibly useful. (Not unlike our edition of Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon.) Of course, all those references make for a high production cost, so we need more orders to get this great resource going.

If you’re interested in working with Latin in Logos, place your bid now!

Comments

  1. fgh says:

    As it happens, a .docx with Augustine’s Confessions in Latin was posted on the Files forum yesterday, almost simultaneously with this post here. It can be compiled as a Personal Book and used within Logos.

    http://community.logos.com/forums/t/57392.aspx

    If you look around the Files forum you can also find a Latin grammar, two or three creeds, and perhaps something else. Plus several Catholic works in English (The Cloud of Unknowing, Fénélon, The Pilgrimage of Etheria/Egeria…), a couple of very useful TOC’s/indexes to the ECF, and lots of other stuff, like Kierkegaard, Donne, Dante, Tolstoy, Dickens and Austen.

    Note 1: There may sometimes be updated files later in the threads.
    Note 2: You want threads from 2011 or 2012; earlier files use a different format and can’t be used in L4.

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