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April 02, 2004

A little Latin. Less Greek.

The Spectator mourns the passing of Latin in the UK (despite a modest Harry Potter-inspired renaissance). Minor quibbles about Gibson's Passion are made along the way.

Whatever you might think of The Passion of The Christ, at least Mel Gibson tried with the Latin. There aren’t many films with a credit for ‘Theological Consulting and Aramaic/Latin Translation’, and Dr William J. Fulco, the Jesuit priest brought in to sort out the locatives and the subjunctives, gets an alpha beta, if not quite an alpha, for his homework.

Cute. But surely that alpha beta would have been earned for a course in Greek rather than Latin or Aramaic? Now, repeat after me: Romanes eunt domus...

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 2, 2004 08:15 AM