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Latin Language and Latin Culture
From Ancient to Modern Times


Part of Roman Literature and its Contexts

  • Date Published: February 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521776639

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  • The Latin language is popularly imagined in a number of specific ways: as a masculine language, an imperial language, a classical language, a dead language. This book considers the sources of these metaphors and analyses their effect on how Latin literature is read. It argues that these metaphors have become idées fixes not only in the popular imagination but in the formation of Latin studies as a professional discipline. By reading with and more commonly against these metaphors, the book offers a different view of Latin as a language and as a vehicle for cultural practice. The argument ranges over a variety of texts in Latin and texts about Latin produced by many different sorts of writers from antiquity to the twentieth century.

    • Highly original approach to Latin
    • Treats Latin studies, from antiquity to the present, as a single subject
    • Deals with 'classical' and 'post-classical' texts in about equal measure
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    '… fresh and stimulating look at the roles of Latin in European culture and imagination …'. Journal of Roman Studies

    Latin Language and Latin Culture is a constructive and beneficial addition to our reading list. All Latin is either translated or thoroughly explained. The style is clear and unpretentious, making a pleasant read not only for literary specialists but also for those who have no use for current critical jargon. It gives both a friendly introduction to the complexities of the Latin language and an interesting overview of Latin studies. Classics Ireland II

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521776639
    • length: 164 pages
    • dimensions: 197 x 130 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.2kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The nature of Latin culture
    2. The poverty of our ancestral speech
    3. The gender of Latin
    4. The life-cycle of dead languages
    5. The voices of Latin culture.

  • Author

    Joseph Farrell, University of Pennsylvania

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