Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Latin
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A. Introduction

L. became a dead language towards the end of Antiquity. However, the linguistic technical term 'dead', denoting a language with no native speakers, in no way implies the disappearance of the language from society or everyday life. On the contrary, L. remained in use as a secondary, acquired language of education and culture, particularly in the context of the church, throughout the Middle Ages, and it was used orally and in writing, actively and passively, in verse and in prose. I…

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Korenjak, Martin (Innsbruck), “Latin”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004894>
First published online: 2015



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