Resources for Latin Quotes

I attach a Latin phrase or quote to the end of every post I make, one which is (usually) a direct example of the grammar discussed in the post. I’d like to share my two usual online sources for these quotes.

(I use the quotes within A&G within the post itself.

First, there’s this basic looking wikipedia page, which is useful because I can use control+F to search the entire collection for the particular word or feature I’m seeking.

The wikipedia page is a small collection, so for more obscure posts I’m generally forced to look elsewhere. A much larger collection is available at the European Dictionary. Here’s what a search for longior (they had one!) produces:

The trouble with both of these (and, it seems all) databases of Latin quotes is imprecise quotation. The quotes are often (i) prepared with a pretty sad translation and (ii) not properly sourced. For instance, here, there’s no further information about what work of Pubilius Syrus is quoted, which I consider a bare minimum before I’d be willing to throw this thing on my post.

These resources force me to further research the quote online, often within the Latin Library.

I wish I had an online source of Latin quotes not designed for the title page of high school English papers.


One comment on “Resources for Latin Quotes

  1. Real nice design and superb article.

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