A. Definition and introduction
L. are standard languages of high cultural prestige. They are used in literary texts and other public contexts [1.199–200]; [8.1506]; [31.447–448]. In Classical Antiquity, the primary L. were Greek and Latin, and the latter was of greater significance in the reception of antiquity. Its multifacetedness is explained by the fact that written Latin, in Antiquity, existed alongside the primarily oral variants of 'Vulgar Latin', which played a part in influencing the development of written Latin in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
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Huss, Bernhard (Berlin),
“Literary languages”, 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 10 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004899>
First published online: 2015