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Latin (was a lot of other things...)

From:Boudewijn Rempt <bsarempt@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 10, 1999, 18:20
On Tue, 9 Nov 1999, Barry Garcia wrote:

> Hmm, maybe Catullus could change my mind. I just never got into it because > it seemed so dry and clinical to me (i.e. like describing a medical > condition when conversing in it).I'll have to search for his stuff .
Catullus stops being medical when you realize he was just using normal, everyday words, even if they nowadays belong to a specialized vocabulary. I am rather fond of Catullus, myself - he can be poetical and vehement, according to his needs. I like Martial not quite so much, he is too venomous all-round. The Priapea are maybe a bit to down-to-earth. But then, what I got really excited about when I learnt myself reading Latin was the Vita Karoli Magni - no sex at all, but it read like a tgv. I think I just prefer mediaeval Latin, myself. Boudewijn Rempt |