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The Latin Language and Christianity
Berry, Paul


This monograph establishes the directional bearing which Latin has given to the Church through each successive age from the 1st century to the 20th. Lingua Latina has served as nothing less than the transport vehicle of Christianity itself. So densely has history woven the strands of Latin into the texture of Christianity, that any attempt to detach the language is to remove the backing from the tapestry. The conclusion of the monograph will indicate that any attempt to detach the faith from this groundline, so historically valid, would amount to nothing less than a departure of the Church from its magnetic north.


“[This book] is the last in a succession of monographs by Paul Berry. The single theme running through the series has been the inseparable relationship between Roman history and the Roman Church. In this concluding work of the set, the unbroken thread of Lingua Latina is traced to its historic inception, straight as a surveyor’s cord, from the 1st century to the 20th century. The evidence is taken from Roman archaeology, Latin fragments, personal correspondence, funerary stones, literary comment, secular historians, civic inscriptions, and Pompeian remainders….Ultimately, the purpose of this monograph is to draw attention to the fact that such frail remainders have actually survived to the present….fully illustrated throughout, and it becomes a tribute to the invincible spine of Lingua Latina.” – Geoffrey D. Smith, PhD, Director, Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, Ohio State University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents: Introduction 1. The Roman Alphabet 2. The Roman Language 3. The 1st Century 4. The 2nd Century 5. The 3rd.Century 6. The 4th Century 7. The 5th Century 8. The 6th Century 9. The 7th Century 10. The 8th Century 11. The 9th Century 12. The 10th Century 13. The 11th Century 14. The 12th Century 15. The 13th Century 16. The 14th Century 17. The 15th Century 18. The 16th Century 19. The 17th Century 20. The 18th Century 21. The 19th Century 22. The 20th Century Bibliography, Index

ISBN10:  0-7734-6530-8   ISBN13:  978-0-7734-6530-5    Pages:  244    Year:  2004   

Series: Texts and Studies in Religion Number: 104

Subject Area: Religion & Society 

Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

USA List Price: $139.95 UK List Price: £ 94.95  

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