In this lighthearted guided
tour of Latin, journalist and former Latin tutor Harry Mount breathes life back
into the greatest language of all, drawing on everything from a Monty Python grammar
lesson to Angelina Jolie’s tattoos. Filled with fascinating tidbits and
humorous asides, Carpe
delight the word lovers who made Eats,
Shoots and Leaves such a monster hit.
Whether we’re aware of it or
not, Latin is all around us. Consider the sayings in everyday use: alter ego, ad
se, and, of course, the ever-popular e pluribus unum. Even more abundant are words derived from Latin
roots: arena (from harena, meaning “sand”), auditorium (“a
place of audience”), stadium (a
running track) … and those are just the theatrical ones! It’s inescapable. It’s
also the most daunting of languages, one that is seemingly obscure and filled
with arcane rules and often accompanied by unpleasant memories of adolescence.
But, as Mount says in Carpe
Diem, “Knowing a bit of
Latin is an invitation to the biggest room in the building, with a view down
the corridor to all the succeeding ages. And you can get your hands on that
invitation at any age.” Download and start listening now!