Jeremiah Reedy, PhD

Jeremiah Reedy, PhD

Jeremiah Reedy attended public schools in his native South Dakota. He earned a bachelor’s in philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome. He earned an MA in classics from the University of South Dakota, and subsequently another MA and a PhD in classical studies from the University of Michigan. He taught classics and humanities at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, for thirty-six years. After retiring in 2004 he taught ecclesiastical Latin and New Testament Greek at the University of St. Thomas as an adjunct professor for seven years. Always interested in promoting the study of Latin and Greek, Reedy is the founder of the Seven Hills Classical Academy and co-founder of the New Spirit School, both charter schools. In retirement he has devoted himself to traveling, research, and writing. In addition to scholarly books he wrote an autobiography entitled Close Calls (Xlibris, 2009). Three Abecedaria is his eleventh book, and he is the co-author with John Kronen of three volumes of translations of medieval philosophers. A fourth volume will soon be completed.


Jeremiah Reedy, PhD's Books

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  • Three Abecedaria: An Alphabetical Approach to Vocabulary

    By author: Jeremiah Reedy
    Product Code: 8563
    ISBN: 978-0-86516-856-5

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    Three Abecedaria aims to equip readers to become logophiles, or lovers of words, by introducing them to the world of etymology. Reedy shares his own “logophilia” with readers as he leads them meandering through the world of words.


    Most abecedaria are for small children—"A is for apple; B is for ball; C is for cat," etc. These abecedaria are for high school students, especially juniors and seniors, who may want to increase their vocabularies—"A is for Apocalypticism; B is for Benediction; C is for Cogito ergo sum," etc. The abecedaria are organized by language: Words Derived from Greek, Words Derived from Latin, and Words Derived from Latin Phrases.


    Each abecedarium highlights English words derived from Latin or Greek, provides etymological explanations, and explores related English derivatives from the same roots.