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The Case for Latin

Climate change is one thing, but how about a new Renaissance? Is Latin merely an irrelevancy, a pitiful remnant of a once-great civilisation still holding a few of us back from our proper preoccupation with the future? Or is it just lying low, temporarily out of fashion, waiting for recognition again as a potent cultural instrument? I begin with an anecdote. A former teacher of mine served in the British army during the war, attached to a West Country regiment stationed in Norfolk. As an Australian, he had no great difficulty understanding the speech of his own troops and of…

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