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

December 21, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism.

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


Get a FREE copy of Kill the Quarterback

Get a free digital copy of Jim Stovall's mystery novel, Kill the Quarterback. You will also get Jim's newsletter and advanced notice of publications, free downloads and a variety of information about what he is working on. Jim likes to stay in touch, so sign up today.

Powered by ConvertKit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *