Reading Latin Epitaphs

A Handbook for Beginners - New Illustrated Edition

John Parker

John Parker

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

133 pages | 8 halftones | 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 | © 2012
Paper $21.00 ISBN: 9781905816057 Published December 2012 For sale in North and South America only
This compact handbook enables users to quickly and accurately read Latin epitaphs in churches, no matter what their knowledge of the language is. John Parker has reproduced the text of 52 church memorials in Latin, and this edition is illustrated with photographs of eight of the epitaphs,  providing explanatory captions that help contextualize each inscription. With an introduction that discusses the conventions of lettering, abbreviations, Latinized personal names, and stock phrases found on these memorial stones, Reading Latin Epitaphs is not only a volume for ecclesiastical scholars or historians, but an excellent tool for travelers and architecture enthusiasts as well. Giving readers all the tools they need to decipher these texts, Parker has included a very brief Latin grammar that lays out the basics of the language in a clear and concise fashion, and notes on Roman numerals and dates. A glossary of all the words found in the included epitaphs, as well as additional words often found in inscriptions, rounds out this indispensible guide.
Contents
Introduction
Acknowledgements
A Brief Latin Grammar
Dates

The 52 Epitaphs
1. Westminster Abbey
2. Offwell
3. St Thomas, Exeter
4. Mamhead
5. Manaton
6. Staverton
7. Teigngrace
8. Ottery St Mary
9. St Martin’s, Exeter
10. St Saviour’s, Dartmouth
11. Thorverton
12. Morchard Bishop
13. St Saviour’s, Dartmouth
14. St Olave’s, Exeter
15. Exeter Cathedral
16. St Martin’s, Exeter
17. Colyton
18. St Mary Arches, Exeter
19. Exeter Cathedral
20. Sidbury
21. Totnes
22. Axmouth
23. Dunsford
24. Salcombe Regis
25. St John, Exeter
26. Shobrooke
27. Otterton
28. Ottery St Mary
29. Poltimore
30. Exeter Cathedral
31. Exeter Cathedral
32. St Margaret’s, Topsham
33. Axminster
34. Tavistock
35. Widworthy
36. Sidmouth
37. Kenton
38. Madron
39. Alphington
40. Bath Abbey
41. Littleham
42. St John, Exeter
43. Clyst Honiton
44. Rockbeare
45. Wimborne Minster
46. Clyst St George
47 Exeter Cathedral
48. St Petrock’s, Exeter
49. St Petrock’s, Exeter
50. Madron
51. Crediton
52. Gittisham

The word-list explained
Latin-English word-list
Some initials and abbreviations
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