The Serious Student's Guide to Western Culture is an extraordinary series of reference works designed for students and readers at any level who want to learn more about the basic concepts of literature and understand the cultural background that has influenced works of great literature during the past 2,000 years. The reference series is conveniently arranged in separate volumes so the student can focus on one particular area of study or purchase all three volumes at a discount to obtain comprehensive coverage of all areas. Please see separate listing for the combined set of three volumes to obtain the discount.The first three volumes focus on ideas in Western culture needed to understand literature. Volumes 4 and 5 focus on related areas of English composition and vocabulary building. These texts examine most of the important ideas in Western culture to allow the reader to develop a deeper understanding of the world's great literature. Each volume presents a clear, concise explanation of important concepts in Western culture and provides many examples from specific texts. Although these texts are designed primarily for the study of literature, they can be read as stand-alone texts for the enjoyment of learning new ideas. Volume 5 of this series is designed to help students improve their vocabulary by learning Latin and Greek etyma. This volume includes the most common etyma from Latin and Greek and illustrates their use in common words in the English language. The first section of this text also includes a list of 300 vocabulary words and their definitions that college students should learn, 300 pairs of confusable words and homonyms, and a list of the most common misspelled words in the English language to help readers avoid these problems. The next section contains common phrases in Latin, French, Italian and Spanish to enable readers to become familiar with the etyma which are shared by these Romance languages. This text also includes a section containing unique lists for manias, phobias, divinations, and animal adjectives derived from Greek and Latin etyma. The following section offers lists of toponyms and eponyms from French and other languages. The text provides a list of legal terms and phrases taken from Latin and French and a comprehensive list of terms used in medicine and dentistry taken from Greek and Latin. The final section includes a dictionary for logophiles, a list of words and definitions designed for educated individuals who want to use the precise word in their communication to connote their exact meaning. Readers will be amazed at the extent to which their vocabulary can increase if they spend a few minutes every day with this text and learn these common etyma in Greek and Latin.