Latin, Or, The Empire of the Sign: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century

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Verso, 2001 - Foreign Language Study - 346 pages
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For almost three centuries, Latin dominated the civic and sacred worlds of Europe and, arguably, the entire western world. From the moment in the sixteenth century when it was adopted by the Humanists as the official language for schools and by the Catholic Church as the common liturgical language, it was the way in which millions of children were taught, people prayed to God, and scholars were educated. Francoise Waquet's history of Latin between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries is a highly original and accessible exploration of the institutional contexts in which the language was adopted. It goes on to consider what this conferring of power and influence on Latin meant in practice. Among the questions Waquet investigates are: What privileges were, and are still, accorded to those who claim to have studied Latin? Can Latin as a subject for study be anything more than purely linguistic or does it reveal a far more complex heritage? Has Latin's deeply embedded cultural legacy already given way to a nostalgic exoticism? Latin: A Symbol's Empire is a valuable work of reference, but also an important piece of cultural history: the story of a language that became a symbol with its own, highly significant empire.
  

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I am currently reading this; it is a fascinating book; fascinating, at least, for anyone in love with the Latin language and the rich cultural and historical heritage connected with that language. Read full review

Review: Latin: Or, The Empire of the Sign

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I am currently reading this; it is a fascinating book; fascinating, at least, for anyone in love with the Latin language and the rich cultural and historical heritage connected with that language. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
School
7
the Church
41
Latin Scholarship
80
A Familiar World
100
Introduction
121
Oral Latin
152
Introduction
175
Class
207
The Power to Say and to Conceal
230
Yearning for the Universal
257
Conclusion
271
Select Bibliography
275
Index
340
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Françoise Waquet is a director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Among her books are Latin, and in French, Les fêtes royales sous la Restauration ou l'Ancien Régime retrouvé and La République des Lettres (with Hans Bots).

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