Thursday, September 16, 2010

Stuff Analysis: Latin

Yes, I'm back and ready to talk about important things. This time I'm going to talk about one of the most important things that the world has ever known: Latin.

Now, I'm sure you're going to say something like, "Saquarry, Latin isn't important and you're a moron." Well, I'm going to disprove both points. Latin is important and I am not.

Latin is a language used in the Roman Empire around the height of their power. It is a bit of an amalgamation between a few other languages of the ancient world, namely Etruscan and Greek. It has way too many similarities to Greek to be coincidental. I kind of think that Latin is to Greek as English is to Latin. So much of English grammar is taken from the Latin (through the French) instead of the German roots that English has. Well, Latin is the same way except it used Ancient Greek as its inspiration.

The main problem with that is that Latin has no accents or any real stresses on particular words unlike Greek, so Latin poetry which runs on meter can be very difficult to understand. It makes no sense unless one also happens to know Ancient Greek.

Latin is my favorite language though. Now, I'm sure you're saying, "Saquarry, why do I care abotu what your favorite language is?" Well, you don't, but that's not the point. The point is that Latin is fun and interesting and not s easy as most people think.

Currently I'm translating Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis which is an account of two female saints in the early church. Always interesting, I suppose, but also incredibly difficult. Here's a bit of Latin that gave me particular headaches:

sed uiderint qui unam uirtutem Spiritus unius Sancti pro aetatibus iudicent temporum, cum maiora reputanda sunt nouitiora quaeque ut nouissimiora secundum exuperationem gratiae in ultima saeculi spatia decretam.

Could you understand a word of that? Yeah... not easy, is it?

Anyway, Latin has a lot to teach us and I feel that ever since the Catholic Church stopped using it in their masses and schools started focusing on languages that were not dead languages the world has literally gone to hell. So, bring back Latin and stop screwing the world over, you stupid idiots.

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