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    Άλλο πληροφορία, άλλο γνώση· άλλο βία, άλλο δύναμη.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theseus View Post
    Yes but ignorant people in this country think Latin is dead, despite its continuance in so many languages. -
    Well, it does survive in other living languages, but it kind of is dead, since there are no natural speakers of it.
    The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge".
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    The Latin we study is a literary language from a certain period where there was a kind of golden age, rather like the Elizabethan era in England. But the actual language spoken by the people--so-called Vulgar Latin--evolved into the various languages we call the Romance languages, as you will know. There is also the continuous tradition of Church Latin & the fact that it is an official language of Vatican City. I grant that Classical Latin. was never spoken by anyone, even in Classical times & has never been spoken as the primary tongue of a linguistic community. So, yes, the forms of classical Latin are frozen in time but the vernacular language never really died; it just evolved into the modern Romance languages. But my study at school of Greek & Latin are responsible for my interest in, & great love of how Latin & Greeκ (particularly the latter) developed & what they became now. Thanks, Palavra. End of my rant!

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    Beware, I'll also say that Ancient Greek is dead and cause a second rant.
    The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge".
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    Hahaha. I'll refrain from swallowing the bait & only say because of Ancient Greek that I have by a tortuous route arrived at Lexilogia. By the way, on a Classics trip to Greece a female biology teacher (who was there to in charge of the girls on that trip) said in the general briefing that it was a waste of time their learning modern Greek since so few spoke it. On that same trip what modern Greek I knew came in handy in so many situations--some tricky-- that she wondered why I was fêted so often by so many hospitable people both in villages & in towns. I explained to her that it was the result of learning a useless language. The point wasn't lost on the students.

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    There are no useless languages! Even if they are dead
    The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge".
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    Πες τα, χρυσόστομη!

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