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De vivá Latinitate

PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 3:29 pm
by A. Gratius Avitus
Avitus Latinistis optimis suís S·P·D

Latina lingua tria jam annorum milia stat germanissima vox humani cultús nostri, fuit enim non sólum Romanorum nostrorum lingua majorum, sicut Plauti Terentique, Ciceronis Vergilive, Senecæ ac Plini, vel etiam Stati cum Quintiliano, Martialis et Taciti, Suetoni Gellique, posteaque Ausoni et Claudiani, Ammiani Marcellini, Ambrosi et Augustini; verum etiam per scriptores sicut Boethium et Cassiodorum, Gregorium Turonensem et Hispalensem Isidorum, lingua Latina superstes denique restitit Romani Imperi occasui.

Romana enim lingua per totam Ætatem Mediam viva viguit, lingua juris, philosophiæ theologiæque, culmine Thoma Aquinate, surrexitque viribus renovatis per Renascentiam, mirificé florentibus artibus scientiisque, communicationis vehiculum inter omnes gentes terrarum, luminaribus tam variis quam Batavo Erasmo, Polono Copernico, Gallo Cartesio, Anglo Newtono, Germano Leibnizio, Sueto Linnæo, communi nostrá linguá conjunctis cunctis Latiná.

Divitiis tamen perennis nostri cultús neglectis nunc temporis multi ob novissimorum duorum sæculorum turbulentas res gestas angustaque placita radicibus suís orbati, locique sui in hominum memoriá ignari, putant linguam Latinam mortuam esse cum ultimis Romanis. Quem errorem corrigere atque societati nostræ culturale ipsius patrimonium restituere propositum est meum.

Lingua Latina docetur pluribus locis; sed sæpe modo magnopere arido. Scitu dignæ exceptiones sunt Fundatio Melissa
Bruxellis, et Schola Nova
schola Belgica sui juris ubi discipuli docentur lingua Latina a pueribus.

Sicut diximus, plerique putant linguam Latinam mortuam esse, tam mortuam quam cultum ab eá traditum, tam mortuam quam nostram propriam civilitatem; attamen major majorque numerus nostrum scimus hoc non esse necessarium, nec quantum ad cultum et civilitatem nec quantum ad linguam quá genuino modo constant. Lingua Latina, viva majorum nostrorum lingua Romanorum, viva mansit nostrí cultús lingua per sæcula. Lingua est sicut omnes aliæ, quæ possit jucundé disci quaque possimus loqui in omnibus occasionibus vitæ cotidianæ.

Multi modi exercendæ linguæ Latinæ possunt per Internet reperiri:

Grex Latiné Loquentium
maximus index cursús electronici quantum ad vivam linguam Latinam pertinet, ubi uná linguá licet úti Latiná, et possunt legi optimi Latiné loquentes totius orbis, ac commercium epistolare cum eis haberi.

Nuntii Latini
rerum gestarum novissimæ Latiné nuntiatæ, quæ possunt legi vel etiam ilico auscultari.

periodicum in lineá, totum Latiné conscriptum multasque sectiones continens.

Extra virtualem harenam, Societas Circulorum Latinorum
est internationalis fœderatio circulorum quibus homines in urbibus quique suís sine nimiá sollemnitate congregantur ut Latiné colloquantur. Omnes grato animo invitantur ut adsint sibi proximo Circulo Latino —sive ut novum condant si prope se nullus inveniatur— atque hortamur omnes ut ita faciant ut majorum nostrorum linguam cum hominibus loquendi peritis exerceant. Omnes facultatis gradús accipiuntur.

Sunt etiam multa seminaria æstiva in quibus tantum lingua Latina adhibetur in sermone. Index satis plenus hoc genus seminariorum per totum orbem terrarum habendorum, qui quotannis renovatur, potest inveniri in paginis societatis LVPA

Curate ut valeatis!

Living Latin

PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 3:38 pm
by A. Gratius Avitus
Avitus Latinistis optimis suís S·P·D

Latin has represented for the last three thousand years the most genuine expression of our civilisation, not only inasmuch as it was the language of our Roman ancestors, like Plautus and Terence, Cicero or Virgil, Seneca and Pliny, as well as Statius and Quintilian, Martial or Tacitus, Suetonius and Aulus Gellius, or, later on, Ausonius and Claudianus, Ammianus Marcellinus, Ambrose or Augustine; but also because, through writers like Boëthius, Cassiodorus, Gregory of Tours and Isidore of Seville, Latin managed finally to survive the fall of the Roman Empire.

The Language of Rome remained alive throughout the whole of the Middle Ages, as the language of jurisprudence, philosophy and theology, culminating with Thomas Aquinas, and it bounced back with renewed strength in the Renaissance, hand in hand with the extraordinary flourishing of the arts and the sciences, as a vehicle of communication among all the nations of the earth, with luminaries as varied as the Duch Erasmus, the Polish Copernicus, the French Descartes, the English Newton, the German Leibniz or the Swedish Linnaeus, joined together, all of them, by our common Latin language.

Despite the richness of our millenary culture, many people, dispossessed of their roots by the turbulent events and narrow-minded ideologies of the last couple of centuries, and ignorant of their place in history, believe now-a-days that the Latin language died with the last of the Romans. Correcting this mistake and re-endowing our society with its cultural patrimony is one of my main aims in life.

Latin is taught in many places; but normally in an extremely dry fashion. Remarkable exceptions are the Fundatio Melissa
in Brussels, and the Schola Nova
an independent Belgian school where Latin is taught to the pupils from an early age.

As I said, most people think that Latin is a dead language, as dead as the culture it conveys, as dead as our own civilisation; but an ever larger number of us know that it doesn't have to be like that, not for the culture and civilisation, and not for the language on which they genuinely stand. Latin, the living language of our Roman forefathers, remained the living language of our civilisation for centuries. It is a language like all others, that can be learnt in a leisurely way and spoken in all situations of everyday life.

Many ways of putting Latin into practice through the Internet can be found:

Grex Latiné Loquentium
the greatest e-mail list for living Latin, where Latin is the only language allowed, and one can read the best Latin speakers the world over, and exchange messages with them.

Nuntii Latini
current news in Latin, that can be read or even directly listened to.

online news, completely written in Latin and including numerous sections.

Out of the virtual arena, the Societas Circulorum Latinorum
is a worldwide federation of Latin Circles, informal gatherings of people who meet locally to speak the language. Everyone is welcome to join their local group —or found one if there is no one close enough— and I encourage everyone to do so in order to practice the language of our forefathers with experienced people. All levels are accepted.

There are also loads of summer seminars where Latin is the only language spoken. A very complete list of such seminars all over the world, updated every year, can be found in the pages of the association LVPA

Curate ut valeatis!

Re: De vivá Latinitate

PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:11 am
by Q Valerius
Q. Valerius Scerio A. Gratio Avito melius scienti, S. P. D.

Ante omnia, hic tibi beneventum est. Necesse autem mihi loqui ne reminisci poetam optimum T. Lucretium clientem C. Memmii et magistrem P. Vergilii Maronis Carum appellare. Tantum crimen contemptum est! :P

Iocum est! Iocum est! Lucretius autem dignus honoris summae est.

Tibi docendi linguam bellam Latinam graviter gratulor. Romanus sine Latina habet nil Romanitatis.

Vale in pace.

'nother Latin 'Hot Spot'

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 2:22 am
by Aldus Marius
Salvete, amici Romani!

A few weeks ago I rediscovered and re-subscribed to the [Latin-L] called [LatinTeach]. I'll be sharing interesting discussions and newsbits here. This one turned up this morning:

Anna Peregrina magistris Linguae Latinae s.p.d.

A new group has been instituted which is known as the "Circulus Latinus Interretialis." It is intended for all interested in speaking Latin who have access to Skype. (This, as you probably know, is a free program which enables you to talk free to other people with Skype if they don't have firewalls to prevent it.) This page gives more information and tells you how to sign up: ... index.html

I have signed up and have already had very enjoyable conversations with Latin-speakers in Colombia, England, Cadiz, Florida, Pennsylvania and Japan! And they said Latin was dead ... I hope more will join.

ut valeatis!

In fide (Go get 'em, tigri!),

Re: 'nother Latin 'Hot Spot'

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:32 pm
by Publius Nonius Severus
Aldus Marius wrote:

A new group has been instituted which is known as the "Circulus Latinus Interretialis." It is intended for all interested in speaking Latin who have access to Skype.


Vai! This is great news. I need a little more practice but I will be definitely taking advantage of this...thanks for posting it!


Latin Poetry Podcasts!

PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 2:57 am
by Aldus Marius
Salvete iterum, omnes!

I've got three words for you:

Latin. Poetry. Podcasts.

...Knew that'd get your attention! >({|:-)

I'll quit teasing now; here they are:

Last week's entry was Cicero's Pro Archia, in seven parts, in which he defends (besides his client) the value of poetry to Roman society. For this week, there's a selection from Statius.

You can play these right there on the site, no iPod required. The one I listened to even had intro music. Nothing fancy here...but good!


Latin Day 2007--on YouTube!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:10 am
by Aldus Marius
Avete, Latinisti and interested others!

Our favorite experimental subject--err, ancient language has sure been getting around lately! First Skype, then Podcasts...and now the University of Vermont has made a video of their Latin Day 2007 festivities available on YouTube! Here's the pitch...

Friends --

Latin Day 2007 at the University of Vermont has been made into an 8-minute video. It shows all the excitement of the skits, contests and displays -- 1,000 Latin students came. The interviewer is from a newspaper in Burlington VT and she's great at getting brief, jazzy comments from the kids. It has good music and moves very fast.

I've shown it to all my classes. Even if your school wasn't there, the video will convey the excitement. Two dozen kids speaking very fast say why they love Latin.

Go to Youtube and enter "Vermont Latin Day."


Don Buck
Hanover NH High School

Dunno about anyone else, but stuff like this makes me think there's still hope for the world. >({|:-)

In amicitia,