LIVING WITH A DEAD LANGUAGE: My Romance with Latin


LIVING WITH A DEAD LANGUAGE: My Romance with Latin

ANN PATTY    Book Number: 86158    Product format: Hardback

Latin is no ordinary language and Ann Patty is no ordinary writer. As she wrestles with the mysteries of Ovid and Virgil, the millennia fall away and the ancient world comes brilliantly to life together with her own moving account of this brilliant, vulnerable woman who after a long career as a well known editor has to reinvent herself. Here is the fascination of getting a crash course in Latin fuelling a unique memoir of a woman who refuses to give up on life. She is very likeable and provides a lovely elegy to a dead language and a dead mother, reclaiming both from the past. From Amo Amas, Amat in Poughkeepsie to latter-day Latinists on the Palatine Hill, here is grammar, gossip, lovely grey hair, lust and mother woes. The louche poetry of Catullus calls up her early days in 1970s New York; Lucretius elucidates her attraction to Buddhism, while Ovid's verse conjures a delightful dimension to the flora and fauna surrounding her. Along the way we meet a group of impassioned professors and students and classicists who keep Latin very much alive. 242pp. Remainder mark.
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ISBN 9781101980224
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