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How Dead Languages Work

Coulter H. George


What could a Greek poet or Roman historian say in their language that’s lost in translation? After all, different languages have different personalities, and this is especially clear with languages of the ancient and medieval world. This book celebrates six such languages—Ancient Greek, Latin, Old English, Sanskrit, Old Irish, and Biblical Hebrew—by first introducing readers to their most distinctive features, then showing how these linguistic traits play out in short excerpts from actual ancient texts. It explores, for instance, how Homer’s Greek shows signs of oral composition, how Horace ca ... More

Keywords: language, Indo-European linguistics, translation, etymology, Greek, Latin, Old English, Sanskrit, Celtic, Hebrew

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198852827
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198852827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Coulter H. George, author
Professor of Classics, University of Virginia

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