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D'ooge, Caesar and a decision

Postby renaissancemedici » Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:12 pm

I decided to start with latin as well as greek (and everything else...) and after a lot of reading I ended up with this combination:

D'Ooge + Orbis pictus + grammar/syntax books for help. But basically I'll follow D'Ooge.

I remember a teacher telling us at school that Caesar's style was not very admired in his time, because he didn't use all the frills and sophisticated language of other amazing writers. Today we think differently but my question is, have you ever heard that sort of thing or do I remember wrong?

Anyway, if I am going to deal with latin, I don't mind Caesar's style at all. I read plenty about D'ooge on this site, but any other general comments are more that welcome!

Thanks :)
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Re: D'ooge, Caesar and a decision

Postby Qimmik » Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:41 pm

I'm not sure that Caesar's style was looked on with disfavor in his time. His style, in Latin, exemplifies "Atticism," a reaction that set in in the 1st century BCE against the more florid, bombastic "Asiatic" style that was prevalent in Greek rhetorical writing in the preceding century.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atticism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiatic_style
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Re: D'ooge, Caesar and a decision

Postby renaissancemedici » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:50 pm

Thank you for the answer. I like how there is always some connection between the two languages, one way or another.
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Re: D'ooge, Caesar and a decision

Postby Qimmik » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:12 pm

Should have been "1st century BCE." I corrected it.
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