Every Latin word ever, defined (almost): Thesaurus Linguae Latinae

It’s a dictionary that has been 125 years in the making, and it still isn’t complete.

The Thesaurus linguae Latinae began in 1894 as a joint effort to compile a definitive dictionary of Latin words. It covers every Latin text from the earliest times to 600 AD, and it seeks to record not just general meanings but nuances and uses of even the most basic Latin words, such as “et.”

The project, centered in Munich, Germany, has survived two world wars and numerous political upheavals and continues merrily on today. The folks working on the project are up to the letter R. They hope to be finished in another 30 years or so, but many say that’s optimistic.

The project’s website is here: Project: Thesaurus linguae Latinae

See also this article in the New York Times: Source: Latin Dictionary’s Journey: A to Zythum in 125 Years (and Counting) – The New York Times

There is a descriptive brochure that can be downloaded from JPROF.com: TLL_Flyer-2012_englisch

 

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