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Re: Latin (was Language universal?)

From:Dan Jones <feuchard@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 13, 2001, 12:44
Ray Brown wrote:

> Yes, I never got on much with Martial; and it's not Catullus scurrilous > verses that I think it's worth learning Latin for; I can read much the
> in modern urban graffiti.
I like the humour there, and the fact that when I was at school and I asked my latin teacher "was all they wrote about just gods, heroes and dead sparrows?" he replied "yes" and then told me to read some of Martial's work.
> It's his lyrical poetry that I like, e.g. > Lugete, o Veneres Cupidinesque....
The dead sparrow! I like this one. In fact, I love all his Lesbia poems: vivamus atque amemus...
> Paeninsularum, Sirmio, insularumque.... > > Phasellus ille quem uidetis, hospites.... > > and many more. > > And the poem at his brother's grave - Multas per gentes et multa per > aequora uectus - is IMO both finely written and very moving. > > Ray. >
Dan ----------------------------------------------- Ka yokonáu iti báyan: "cas'alyá abhiyo". Ka tso iti mantabayan: "yama zaláyá alánekayam la s'alika, cas'alika; ka yama yavarryekayan arannáam la vácika, labekayam vácika, ka ali cas'alyeko vanotira." ----------------------------------------------- Dan Jones