“Latinitas” rediviva

This is from News.va:

Presentation of the new journal “LATINITAS”

Vatican City, 8 November 2013 (VIS) – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the first issue of the new series of the journal “Latinitas”, published by the Pontifical Academy Latinitas, instituted by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2012. The speakers were Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture; Professor Ivano Dionigi, president of the Pontifical Academy for Latin and rector of the University of Bologna, and the writer Valerio Massimo Manfredi.

The first issue will include an article responding to the questions, “Latin for whom? Why Latin?” by the new director Ivano Dionigi, following an epigraph dedicated to Pope Francis.

The journal is divided into three sections: scientific (“Historica et philologica”); “Humaniora”, dedicated to contemporary literature in Latin, and “Ars docendi”, which considers didactic issues related to classical languages and cultures, ranging from antiquity to the present day.

The volume is completed by an appendix in Latin with “Breves de Academiae vita notitiae”, a brief summary of the main activities of the academy, the “Argumenta” or abstracts of the contributions to the journal in accordance with current international norms for scientific publications, and a useful “Index universus”. The new “Latinitas” will publish articles in Latin and, for the first time, in Italian and other languages.

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  1. Supertradmum says:

    Very cool, and thanks for sharing this. All kids should learn Latin. It is not hard. Part of our heritage as Catholics, and I am glad to see the language encouraged.

  2. ocleirbj says:

    The article doesn’t say how to subscribe to the journal. Does anyone know how to do this?

  3. Tom in NY says:

    Etiam notitiae mirabiles! His dictis, quomodo obtinere et legere ?
    Salutationes omnibus.

  4. joan ellen says:

    I would like to read this journal.

  5. Tom in NY says:

    Qua causa et cui litterae latinae?
    -si linguam anglicam loquaris, etiam latinam loquaris. Guglielmus Victor et reges Angliae ad annum MCCCC gallicam, praepositi, judices et ministri latinam gestione regis locuti sunt;
    -fundatores Conf. Statuum Am. Sept. qui universitates frequentabant, operibus Ciceronis, Virgilii, Horatii, Taciti lectis, erroribus republicae Romae intellectis, novam republicam instituere posse crederunt.
    Salutationes omnibus.

  6. Fr. Ó Buaidhe says:

    I have checked the Vatican website and I see no way of subscribing. Anyone know how to do this?

  7. marcpuckett says:

    I looked yesterday at the Holy See’s site, and the Pontifical Academy for Latin doesn’t even have a website. Perhaps one has to go to Libreria Editrice Vaticana to subscribe….

  8. Patruus says:

    There are tantalizing glimpses of the new issue in this video –

    All I could find in a search for subscription information is a contact email address on this page –

  9. Animadversor says:

    As for how to subscribe, try writing in Italian or Hungarian to segreteria@latinitas.va. Or keep an eye on http://www.cultura.va/content/cultura/en/collegamenti/accademie-pontificie/latinitas.html.

  10. jhayes says:

    Grad student reports on a summer in Rome learning to speak Latin:

    In the face of these grim prospects, I boarded a plane to Rome this summer to join the small network of scholars dedicated to preserving the language by actually speaking it. I found myself in the company of 16 other twentysomethings, puttering about the center of the ancient world chattering not in English or in Italian but —ecce!—in Latin.

    I can assure you that the enterprise was even stranger than it sounds. The Paideia Institute’s “Living Latin” program is an immersive, spoken-Latin summer course based in Rome. The mornings are spent at the St. John’s University campus reading poetry and prose and commenting on the texts in Latin; the afternoons are spent doing the same thing at various sites of literary or archaeological significance. If you vacationed in Italy this June, you might have seen us standing around the Ara Pacis on a scorcher, offering competing Latin orations on the pax Augustana. Other exercises were more modern: using hip-hop beats to memorize Alcaic meter, say….

    Read more: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2011/08/vivat_latinitas.html

  11. Minnesotan from Florida says:

    Why fret about hip-hop rhythms? It would be far more worth while, to know the Alcaic stanza, to memorize (for example)

    Nunc est bibendum, nunc pede libero
    pulsanda tellus, nunc Saliaribus
    ornare pulvinar deorum
    tempus erat dapibus, sodales.

    (Horace on the fall of Cleopatra): Now ‘t is time to drink, now time to stomp the ground with unfettered foot, now time to adorn the table of the gods with Salian feasting, comrades. {Corrections and improvements of my attempt at translation welcome.)

  12. Fr. Ó Buaidhe says:

    Thank you, Patruus and Animadversor. My email is sent.

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