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Classical, Eccle, or Neo-Latin?

Postby NelsonN » Mon Jun 07, 2004 1:07 pm

If I wanted to start writing in Latin today, which Latin would be more appropriate? The Classical, Ecclesiastical, or the Neo-Latin?

For example, which Latin is used to write today's books--such as the Harry Potter books?

Neo-Latin seems to be adding scientific words, but I am not sure about Ecclesiastical Latin, are these two vocabularies growing separately today? I have tried searching for answers but I haven't found much.

Are these trully three separate standards?

Any links you may provide on this topic will be appreciate.
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Postby benissimus » Mon Jun 07, 2004 1:46 pm

You can pretty much just learn Classical Latin and then specialize in whatever era you like. All of the different version of Latin are very similar, except the words find different uses at different times. Spellings tend to vary more in earlier Latin, compound words and poetic uses become more liberal in later Latin.

Most of the worthwhile prose and poetry is in Classical Latin, but a great deal of important historical texts and philosophical, academic, political, and religious treatises are written in Post-Classical Latin. Whatever interests you is probably the one you should study, but Classical Latin is a great place to start.
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Postby Episcopus » Mon Jun 07, 2004 10:16 pm

You should probably go for the easier Post-Classical latin.
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Postby chad » Tue Jun 08, 2004 1:22 am

Aside from the spelling differences, I've read that later latin (like later greek) dumbs down the verb usage. basically while classical greek and latin are really verb-rich languages, later latin (e.g. ecclesiastical) and greek stop using many of the classical verb forms and become more noun-focused.

Professor Harris makes the point here:

http://www.orbilat.com/Languages/Latin/ ... is_08.html

also check out "The Verb" section (scroll about halfway down) in Professor Harris' "The Intelligent Person's Guide to Greek":

http://community.middlebury.edu/~harris ... ammar.html
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Postby mingshey » Tue Jun 08, 2004 1:38 am

I hesitated to take Homeric Greek 'cause I wanted to concentrate, in my limited time for the study of Greek, in a single dialect, that is Attic. But comparative studies really shed light on the learning. So I think I should also work on parts of Homer from time to time. Earlier forms of a language are inspiring, indeed. A language is fossilized when it gets old. The freshness and liberallity gets stuck in the idiomized expressions. And to amend the diminished freedom, distorted usages emerge, making the language ugly. In my mother tongue, too, older literary works show much more freedom and freshness than the modern forms.
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