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The Latin Dual and Poetic Diction: Studies in Numbers and Figures

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Title:The Latin Dual and Poetic Diction: Studies in Numbers and Figures
Bell, Andrew J.   
Published:   1923
Publisher:Victoria College Press
Tags:Latin literature, linguistics, non-fiction, philology

The book is divided into an introductory portion and two extensive portions, headed respectively ‘Greek and Latin Duals’ and ‘Latin Poetic Diction.’ The preface forestalls the objection that in our grammars there stands no mention of a Latin dual. The four introductory subsections strike the keynote in treating Horace’s geminusque Pollux as used for ‘and Pollux with his twin brother,’ and raise in my mind a doubt whether the title of the book should not preferably have been related to the part played by ellipsis in Latin as seen by the author; a doubt, too, whether the grammatical dual is adequately distinguished from duality in fact; and even a doubt whether the reader is not being too frequently asked to ‘see double.’

—The Classical Review, February 1925 [Suggest a different description.]

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