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The Character of Latin

ISGI Seminar No. 35
Speaker(s) Nicholas Ostler
When Sep 28, 2006
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Multimedia Lecture Room, Room 3405, 4th floor, Mercury Tower, Hitotsubashi University, Kunitachi Campus (East), Tokyo
Language English
Contact Name Jonathan Lewis
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In this talk Nicholas Ostler charts the rise and fall of Latin over two thousand years. Latin was spread by the Roman Empire, became the medium through which western civilization was propagated, but entered a long period of decline in the 18th century. Institutional factors such as the Roman State and the Catholic Church, intellectual developments such as the Rennaissance and the Cartesian Revolution, the colonization of the New World, and political upheavals such as the French Revolution, were in turn influenced by and had a great impact on the character and use of Latin.

This is the first chance to hear about Nicholas Ostler's research on the history of Latin, which he has been pursuing during his six month appointment as Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Study of Global Issues. The research will be published in 2007 as Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin, from HarperCollins and Bloomsbury.

Nicholas Ostler is currently Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Study of Global Issues, Hitotsubashi University; he is Chairman of the Foundation for Endangered Languages

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