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In the category "Dictionaries"  will be published  monolingual and multilingual dictionaries, concerning the following special fields:
botany, chemistry, cooking, medicine, pharmacy, zoology, general cyclopedia.

by Nikolaus Groß

The „Glossarium Fragrantiae“ is a comprehensive dictionary (504 pages) that indicates Süskind’s original German equivalents to seldom and difficult special words of the Latin translation of the „Perfume“, explains and comments in Latin many instances from all epochs of Latin literature as well as the related  notions. On one hand this work is indispensable for a complete understanding of the vocabulary of the translation, on the other hand it is – independent of the „Fragrantia“ – a true Latin cyclopedia, in its kind a unique book,  which has extraordinary value for all people who like Latin. 
In the „Glossarium Fragrantiae“ one can find both the German words and idioms of the original text and translations of them into modern languages (English, French etc.) and extensive explanations and notes, not seldom longer essays with many digressions, anecdotes and citations from manifold fields of knowledge, first of all literature, philosophy, history of religions, history, geography, chemistry, biology, pharmacy, medecine, handicrafts and technics and - a lot of cooking recipes.
Look here only a few titles of longer essays: abracadabra (origin of the famous magic word), accipiter (the goshawk, names, behaviour), anas (the ducks, appearance, behaviour, cooking recipes), anthrax (literary sources, bible, Homer etc.), Austria (history of this country), bacchanal (causes and development of a Roman orgy, old Latin inscription, Livy, etc.), cholera (symptoms, causes, therapy), coriarius (history of tannery, exact description of techniques), croton (cascarilla: appearance, usage), Cucania (the land of Cockaigne in fairy-tales, music, fine arts), Diderot (his life and works), dysenteria (dysentery: symptoms, causes, progress, therapy), figura Veneris (coital positions in Lucretius, Horace, Ovidius, Martialis, in Kamasutra, in Kingpingmeh and Jou Pu Tuan, in the „Aloisia Sigea“ of Nicolas Chorier, finally in Van der Velde, Kinsey and Hite). Hugonota (history of the Huguenots), Iesuita (history of the Society of Jesus), lacerta (lizards: appearance, behaviour), Lapponia (Lapland: inhabitants, customs, reindeers, Santa Claus etc.), lichen (structure and importance of lichens), lien (the spleen: structure and function), masso (history, laws, meaning of the Freemasons), Mississippium (notes to this stream, with an amusing digression about Mark Twain’s notorious speech in the „Stomach Club“), myron (perfume: notion, compounds, history), myropoea (history and technique of perfume-production), natrix (the grass snake: structure, life), placenta (Cato’s Roman cakes, modern cake baking recipes: plum cake, Black Forest cherry tart), rattus (the rat: species, behaviour, literary reminiscences: E.A. Poe, two rat-songs of J.W. Goethe, original texts and their Latin translations), ricinus (the male and the female tick: their life, their aims, their allegorical function in Süskind’s „Perfume“),  Russo (life and works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau), saccharum (history and technique of sugar-production), salamandra (newts and salamanders: structure, behaviour, „salamander“ as a student’s custom), sericum (history and technique of silk-production), socolata (history and technique of chocolate-production), syphilis (symptoms, causes, history, origin, Latin literature: Fracastoro etc.), talpa (mole and naked mole-rats: structure, behaviour), tilia (the linden tree – botanical and literary essay: 2 Latin translations of „Am Brunnen vor dem Tore“, a famous German song), varicellae (chicken-pocks: symptoms, origin, pocks and chicken-pocks: differences), variolae (pocks, symptoms, origin), Voltarius (Voltaire – life and works),  zoon polemion (essay about dangerous animals and humans), De Patricio Süskind  (life and works of Patrick Süskind)... and much more.
This book offers to the reader a colourful garden with a plenty of rare plants in alphabetic order – from Abracadabra to Zoon polemion. Finally an essay about life and works of Patrick Süskind. And all that in a clear Latin easy to understand.

Herausgegeben von der Stiftung Melissa, Brüssel 2004

504 pages, 15x25cm, kartoniert
ISBN 978-2-87290-020-6
order number: 00706 price € 47,00
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