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Acknowledgments

I must first thank my colleague Douglas Lanier for helping me think through

this dictionary from the outset, for encouragement during early frustrations,

and for a great deal of detailed advice. E. J. Kenney of Peterhouse, Cambridge,

saved me from a number of mistakes in Latin and offered countless suggestions

about not only classical but English literature; his notes would make a

useful and delightful little book by themselves. David Norton made many

helpful suggestions regarding biblical passages. Two graduate students at the

University of New Hampshire gave valuable assistance, Heather Wood at an

early phase by collecting data from books not close at hand and William

Stroup by going over by every entry with a keen eye to readability and cuts.

My wife Susan Arnold also cheerfully read every entry and offered many

helpful ideas.

I am grateful to Maria Pantelia for providing me with the Thesaurus Linguae

Graecae on cd-rom and advice on how to use it. Cynthia Pawlek of Baker

Library, Dartmouth, initiated me into the English Poetry Data-Base, also on

disk, Robin Lent, Deborah Watson, and Peter Crosby of Dimond Library at

UNH patiently handled my many requests and, during the reconstruction of

the library, even set up a little room just large enough for the Leob classical

series and me. I also made good use of the library of Gonville and Caius

College, Cambridge, and I thank Gordon Hunt for his good offices there.

The Humanities Center of UNH gave me a grant for a semesters leave and

an office in which to store unwieldy concordances and work in peace; its

director Burt Feintuch and administrator Joanne Sacco could not have been

more hospitable.

For contributing ideas, quotations, references, and encouragement I also

thank Ann and Warner Berthoff, Barbara Cooper, Michael DePorte, Patricia

Emison, John Ernest, Elizabeth Hageman, Peter Holland, Edward Larkin,

Ronald LeBlanc, Laurence Marschall, Susan Schibanoff, and Charles Simic. My

editor at Cambridge University Press, Josie Dixon, not only solicited Professors

Kenney and Norton to go over my entries but made many helpful suggestions

herself while shepherding the book through its complex editing process. For

the errors and weaknesses that remain despite all this expert help I am of

course responsible.