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Latin spoken at public schools

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:38 am

Here "public school" has its British meaning (Eton, Harrow, Rugby School, etc): see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_school_%28UK%29.

I have heard occasional old accounts of pupils at the big fee-paying schools called public schools, being ordered to use only Latin, not English, for general conversation among each other, all the time, or on some days, or suchlike. Is this an urban legend, or true? When and where did it happen?
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Re: Latin spoken at public schools

Postby lauragibbs » Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:38 pm

Best book I have read on that fascinating subject, which does indeed contain accounts of Latin use in schools:
Latin: Or, The Empire of the Sign
Françoise Waquet
http://www.amazon.com/Latin-Empire-Sign ... 1859844022
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Re: Latin spoken at public schools

Postby Nesrad » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:12 pm

The book looks fascinating. An extensive preview is available on Google Books:
http://books.google.ca/books?id=jgeV5UEKWggC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false
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Re: Latin spoken at public schools

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:11 pm

I now have this book. It is useful.
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