The National Quarterly Review Volume 3

The National Quarterly Review Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...of Augustus ten languages were not only spoken in Spain, but taught grammatically by competent, professors. He enumerates the languages as follows: " Vetus Hispana, Cantabrica, Graeca, Latina, Arabica, Chaldaea, Hebreaa, Celtiberica, Valentina, Cathalaunica; de quibus Strabo in lib. iii. ubi docet plures fuisse litterarum formas et linguas in Hispanns." A people who cultivated such languages as the Greek, the Chaldean, and Hebrew, must undoubtedly have attained a respectable stage of civilization. We must remember, besides, that some of the best Latin writers whose works have come down to us, and are ranked among the classic models, were natives of Spain; including the two Senecas, Lucan, and Cains Julius Hyginus, the grammarian. We have the authority of Eusebius for believing that Quintillian was a Spaniard, a native of the town of Calahorra. Be this as it may, it is beyond question that Martial, the Roman epigrammatic poet, was a native of the same country, and in his writings he speaks of several other Spanish poets, who wrote in the Latin language in his time---that is, the first century of the Christian erarmore than three hundred years before the Vandals, Suevi, or Alans were heard of in the Peninsula, and nearly four centuries before the invasion and conquest of the country by the Saracens. The first Christian writer that has any claim to the title of a poet is Aurelius Prudentius, who, with the aid of Juvenius Presbiteros, translated the whole of the New Testament, and a part of the Old Testament, into Latin hexameters. We have sufiicient evidence in Paradise Regained that Milton did not disdain to borrow some of his happiest images from both writers. Nor is their version of the New Testament the only poetical more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236834860
  • 9781236834867