Amo, Amas, Amat… And All That

How to Become a Latin Lover

by Harry Mount

  • Published: 04 Sep 2008
  • Price: £7.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 272p
  • ISBN: 978-1-906021-15-3
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Have you ever found yourself irritated when a sine qua non or a mea culpa is thrown into the conversation by a particularly annoying person? Or do distant memories of afternoons spent struggling to learn obscure verbs fill you with dread?

Never fear! (or as a Latin show-off might say, Nil Desperandum!)

In this delightful guided tour of Latin – featuring everything from a Monty Python grammar lesson to David Beckham’s tattoos and all the best snippets of prose and poetry from 2000 years of literary history – Harry Mount wipes the dust off those boring primers and breathes life back into the greatest language of them all.

Amo, Amas, Amat is a diverting meander and Mount’s love of Latin shines out on every page.”
<em>The Spectator</em>
“Latin without the pain.”
<em>The Guardian</em>
“The latest challenge to the crown claimed by Eats, Shoots & Leaves.”
<em>The Times</em>

About Harry Mount

Harry Mount read Classics at Oxford and was a Latin tutor before becoming a journalist. He has been a leader- writer and New York correspondent at the Daily Telegraph. His memoir of his time as a barrister’s pupil, My Brief Career, is also published by Short Books.