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

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Verso, 2002 - Foreign Language Study - 346 pages
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This is a history of Latin between the 16th and 20th centuries, a period when the language dominated the civic and sacred worlds of Europe and, arguably, the entire Western world. The book explores the institutional contexts in which the language was adopted and transmitted, as well as the privilege it came to confer on those that studied it. Waquet demonstrates how Latin became a symbol of status and ultimately shows that, rather than disappearing, this has given way to a nostalgic exoticism such that water companies and car models now use Latin names.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Sch00l
7
the Church
43
Latin Scholarship
80
A Familiar World
100
Introduction
121
Oral Latin
152
Introduction
175
Class
207
The Power to Say and to Conceal
231
Yearning for the Universal
257
Conclusion
271
Select Bibliography
275
Index
340
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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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