My Middle Liddell is broken…

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Like its owner, this book has seen better days

This Middle Liddell which I bought nearly-new for £ 4.50 down the Elephant some 20 years or so ago seems to be nearing the end of its useful life.  So what to do?

Learning the bloody words instead is a noble aim but requires mental exertion.

Using my large LSJ instead requires physical exertion.

Buying a new one would cost money but it’s out of print now.  Bastards.

Buying a crappy reprint is a waste of money.

The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek costs money.  It is based upon

Montanari’s Vocabolario della lingua greca which costs more money and is rumoured on the Internet to be based on LSJ but not as good.  Also I don’t know what Turtleback is–Copertina rigida would be much more reassuring.  Internet rumour claims additionally that in Italy you’re not allowed to use it after high school–it has to be LSJ.

Robert Beekes’s Etymological Dictionary of Greek is an etymological dictionary not a dictionary dictionary and costs money even in paperback where it will hardly do for everyday reference.  But tempting.  Very tempting.

The Cambridge Greek Lexicon may be an established star of video clips and fundraising drives but does not as yet exist.  Maybe it will.  After 2020.  Maybe.  It will cost money.

Sellotape could be the practical solution.

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Sellotape…looking good….

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One Response to “My Middle Liddell is broken…”

  1. Stefano Sanfilippo Says:

    True. Montanari’s Vocabolario della Lingua greca, is based on LSJ (as the most greek dictionaries in the world), which, in turn, is based on Stephanus’ Thesaurus. But Montanari Vocabolario is much better. It goes much futher and much wider in its lexicographic choice. And it is much clearer.

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