Latin Language and Latin Culture: From Ancient to Modern Times / Edition 1by Joseph Farrell
Pub. Date: 04/28/2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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 analyzes their effect on how Latin literature is read. 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 from antiquity to the twentieth century.
Table of Contents1. 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.
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