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Why Latin?

 
Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 07:13 - Books, dictionaries and texts, World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern, Latin Language, Reviews
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If anyone wishes to find out why exactly Latin maintains the position of the official language for everything that is profound and sacred, this book would be a great place to start: Francoise Waquet. Latin or the Empire of a Sign: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries (London, 2003).


(The original French edition: Francoise Waquet. Le Latin, ou l'emploi d'un signe, XVIe-XXe siècle. (Paris: Albin Michel, 1998) This book also left me with one unanswered question. Waquet quotes Goethe's remarks concerning the great difficulty experienced by the German genius while learning Latin. The solution that he found was a book of rhymed Latin grammar. Thus far, I was unable to find out anything about that book.

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