Welcome to Linguae Antiquitatum!

Greetings, and welcome to my internet home!

Over the past three-odd years of learning ancient languages, I have found few blogs devoted to this niche.  There are many blogs about learning Greek, Latin, or Hebrew (mostly written by classicists or biblical scholars), and these are superb.  But I wanted to fill a niche for blogs about all ancient tongues.

Though they are often deemed so, I prefer to not call Greek, Hebrew, and Latin “dead languages.”  Greek is still very much alive, though quite unrecognizable from Homer and Aeschylus.  Hebrew, despite its near-two-milennia death, also has a pulse.  But even the dialects I am studying, which are long-“dead,” are very much alive.  They continue to live on in their students.  Call me sentimental, but I just don’t like the connotation of “dead.”

I will read anything you give me, but I am more interested in religion, philosophy, and myth than in histories or legal documents.  In the ancient world, the lines between these categories were not at all clear.  But I would like to be upfront about my biases.

Most of all, I hope to blog my way through various resources for students of ancient languages, from commentaries and dual-language editions to lexicons and grammars.  I hope to provide insight and advice for others walking down this path.  Most of all, I hope you will join me.

A preview of what is to come:

  • Some introductory posts on how I got into each of my three languages.
  • A series on working through Philippians in Greek with the help of Jerry Sumney’s reader.
  • Some thoughts on Jerome’s translation of the Hebrew Bible and how they are presented in Scott Goins’ Vulgate Old Testament Reader.
  • A series on the Ten Commandments in Exodus and Deuteronomy.

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