Posts tagged Eleanor Dickey
Latin classes during the Roman empire

Two thousand years ago, when the Romans ruled a vast empire whose inhabitants spoke all sorts of different languages, many of those inhabitants wanted to learn Latin. So they signed up for Latin classes, where they learned using textbooks containing little dialogues about everyday life.

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How to ask someone not to do something in Latin

Even before the Aeneid’s “publication,” news had gotten out that Vergil was working on something truly grand. Propertius had heard a few verses, which so moved the Umbrian poet that he broke the secret in one of his elegies.  Now Augustus wanted to hear the epic: not just scraps, but a proper book, or three. The Mantuan bard obliged – did he have a choice? The VIP audience assembled for a private recitation, and 

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How to Ask Politely in Latin

Latinists have recently been studying these things with interesting results. We now know more about linguistic accommodation in Latin, or how the status or identity of the addressee and speaker affected what a Roman said, we understand better Cicero’s letter writing practice, specifically, what kinds of scripts were available to him in making certain kinds of weighty requests, and how…

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