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Timothy FarringtonThe silliness is partly tactical, an attempt to counter Latin's rap as a fusty "relic to be worshiped." Mount's pragmatism springs from an infectious love for the language whose "power and beauty," refreshingly, he touts above any practical benefit. He works hard to convert readers to the Latinist cause, and in the end, Carpe Diem makes a better recruiting pamphlet than textbook.
—The New York Times