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Latin Language and Culture

Latin Language and Culture

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Published by Vukašin Miljković

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Published by: Vukašin Miljković on Jan 15, 2011
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The Latin language is popularly imagined in a number of speci®c ways: as a masculine language, an imperial language,a classical language, a dead language. This book considers thesources of these metaphors and analyzes their e¨ect on howLatin literature is read. It argues that these metaphors havebecome
ide es ®xes
not only in the popular imagination but inthe formation of Latin studies as a professional discipline. Byreading with and more commonly against these metaphors,the book o¨ers a di¨erent view of Latin as a language andas a vehicle for cultural practice. The argument ranges overa variety of texts in Latin and texts about Latin produced bymany di¨erent sorts of writers from antiquity to the twentiethcentury. The author's central aim is to provoke more newreadings that would both extend and complicate those that iters, in order to catalyze revisionist thinking about Latintexts of all periods and about the general contours of the dis-cipline of Latin studies.
joseph farrell
is Professor of Classical Studies at the Uni-versity of Pennsylvania. He is the author of 
and the Traditions of Ancient Epic
(1991) and of papers onclassical literature and culture. He is the director of The VergilProject (http://vergil.classics.upenn.edu) and editor of 

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