adrianus wrote:Without the Medieval latinists there would be no so-called classical latin because they preserved and shaped the tradition by transmission of texts. The latin language spoken in Rome and beyond was much more varied than the very limited "classical latin tradition" that we have inherited via academic scholasticism.
Sine latinistis medii aevi lingua quam classicam vocamus iam pridem lapsa esset. Illi homines scripta custodientes corpus classicum texerunt adfeceruntque. Multùm plùs variana lingua urbis aeternae et regionum ultrá quàm illa brevior nobis legatam à scholasticis academicis.
adrianus wrote:You used the word "hodgepodge" which can disparage, and as if the language of any period isn't similarly non-homogeneous.
Farraginis vocabulum scripsisti quod deroget, sicut sermonis omnis aevi similiter quidem eiusdem generis non est.
adrianus wrote:... A little better than Harrington's Medieval Latin which is just readings and brief notes...
lauragibbs wrote:There is such a variety of medieval styles ... some book of the Vulgate, ...
dlb wrote:Just for my information, you are saying that the Vulgate is classified as medieval Latin?
lauragibbs wrote:For a really fun and entertaining way to start reading medieval Latin and to get acquainted with some of the characteristic features you will find in much medieval Latin narrative prose, the Gesta Romanorum is GREAT.
I would rate the Gesta as the easiest-to-read medieval Latin prose text, and it is also something truly worthwhile because of the way it presents many of the well-known anecdotes and legends that circulated widely in Europe throughout the Middle Ages.
There is such a variety of medieval styles that I find all the anthologies, including Harrington, to be more confusing than helpful. They just don't give you enough to work with for any given author. Based on my own experience, I think it's more worthwhile to find an important, easy text to start with - the Gesta, some book of the Vulgate, a play by Hrosvitha like the Dulcitius, the Navigatio Brendani, the Exempla of Jacques de Vitry, the Carmina Burana, something that really grabs you for some reason - and then STICK to that for a good chunk of time, working on the same text until you start to really get used to it, and THEN move on to another text. Just my opinion.
lauragibbs wrote: For a really fun and entertaining way to start reading medieval Latin and to get acquainted with some of the characteristic features you will find in much medieval Latin narrative prose, the Gesta Romanorum is GREAT. There is a convenient online edition at Claude Pavur's site:
http://www.slu.edu/colleges/AS/language ... r/gr1.html
TonyLoco23 wrote:that site has it laid out in easy to read, large font
cantator wrote:More FUN than GREAT, I'd opine.
The only problem I have with the Gesta is that it's relatively uninteresting, e.g. compared to the letters of Heloise to Abelard. However, I readily agree that the grammar is simple enough for beginners in the idiom.
lauragibbs wrote:My personal favorite is the story of Jovinianus! It is chapter 148
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