Webinar: Did the Romans Speak Latin?


Offered through Schola Humanistica

How did butchers, fishmongers and ordinary people in all their variety understand and even speak a language as difficult and complex as Latin? In the spring of 1435 Biondo Flavio and Leonardo Bruni expanded upon a debate in writing that had taken place shortly before in Florence at the convent of Santa Maria Novella. This debate marks a decisive moment in the history of the Latin language and for the philology of Romance languages.
In these sessions, we will read the views that Dante, Petrarch, Egidio Romano, Biondo Flavio, and Leonardo Bruni had about the Latin language and the origins of Italian.
Participants of this webinar will have an opportunity to explore texts important for their historical-linguistic value, and to reflect on the concepts of ‘anachronism’ and ‘artificiality’ that often surface in contemporary discussions about the use of Latin.

Instructor: Giuseppe Marcellino

Target Audience: Teachers, students, and scholars of the Ancient World and Renaissance Humanism.

Language of the Webinar: Latin

Price: € 30


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