Archive for the ‘Precepts’ category

Smith Had It Right

May 7, 2007

“Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.” — Adam Smith

Something for the literate

March 5, 2006

Oxford University Press is in the midst of a winter sale. That means you can buy the Oxford Latin Dictionary for $125. The library edition of R.B. Bernstein’s well-regarded Jefferson: The Revolution of Ideas is going for $12.

Some of the bargains aren’t much better than what you can get from a little hunting around Alibris or Abebooks, but I’ve never seen a better price for the OLD. Every serious student of Latin ought to have one — as should anyone thinking of studying the language in the future.

Edit: The Jefferson book is not the one I thought it was, Bernstein’s short Jefferson bio from a year or two back.  It’s actually a life of Jefferson for junior-high students.  Probably quite a good thing in its own right, but disregard my endorsement above.