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Corpus Christianorum
Lingua Patrum (CCLP 12)

Latin in Byzantium I
Late Antiquity and Beyond

A. Garcea, M. Rosellini, L. Silvano (eds.)
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564 p., 22 b/w ill., 155 x 245 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58492-8
Languages: English, French, Italian
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"Le latin à Byzance" est un projet sur la compétence linguistique, sur l'identité culturelle et sur la transmission des textes latins dans la "noua Roma", entre les IVᵉ et IXᵉ siècles.

‘Latin in Byzantium’ explores the linguistic competence, cultural identity, and transmission of Latin texts in the ‘noua Roma’ between the fourth and the ninth centuries. Drawing together texts from a number of fields (e.g., law, grammar, religion, and tactics) and across a range of different forms (e.g., palaeographic, epigraphic, and papyrological), this important project provides scholars for the first time with an in-depth knowledge of both the Latin-speaking milieux in Byzantium, and of the contexts in which Latin was used. Crucially, the ancient sources studied in this volume are also analysed in their broader political and sociological context, providing rich material for study across different disciplines and making this volume an important resource for closing the gaps between literary and non-literary texts, history, and philology.

Alessandro Garcea is Full Professor of Latin language and literature at Sorbonne Université.
Michela Rosellini is Associate Professor of Latin literature at the University of Rome-La Sapienza.
Luigi Silvano is Associate Professor of Classical philology at the University of Turin.

Table of Contents

Rhomaika: Una introduzione – Guglielmo Cavallo
General Framework
Desuetudine longa… subeunt verba latina : The Transition From Late Antique to Medieval Byzantium and the Fall of Latin – Luigi Silvano
Latin in Byzantium: Different Forms of Linguistic Contact – Alessandro Garcea
Latin in the Empire: Texts and People
La pratique du latin dans l’Égypte de l’Antiquité tardive – Jean-Luc Fournet
The Use of Latin in the Context of Multilingual Monastic Communities in the East – Claudia Rapp
Writing Latin in Late Antique Constantinople – Gabriel Nocchi Macedo
The Laws of the Language and the Language of the Laws
La lingua degli Ἰταλοί. Conoscenza e uso del latino nell’Oriente greco di iv secolo attraverso l’opera di Libanio – Andrea Pellizzari
Asymmetric Exchange: Latin Speakers Learning Greek and Greek Speakers Learning Latin in Late Antiquity. On the Evidence of Grammars and Bilingual Texts – Juan Signes Codoñer
L’insegnamento di Prisciano – Michela Rosellini – Elena Spangenberg Yanes
Sur un silence de Jean le Lydien – Marc Baratin
Justinianus Latinograecus. Language and Law during the Reign of Justinian – Thomas Ernst van Bochove
Latin as a Medium at the Service of the Power
Le rituel des acclamations : de Rome à “Byzance” – Frédérique Biville
L’univers grec et latin d’un poète africain : Corippe et Byzance – Vincent Zarini
Latin Inscriptions in (Early) Byzantium – Andreas Rhoby
Latin Texts as Sources
La traduction du latin en grec à Byzance : un aperçu général – Bruno Rochette
Modelli latini per poemi greci? Sulla possibile influenza di autori latini sulla poesia epica tardoantica – Gianfranco Agosti
Latin and the Chronicon Paschale – Christian Gastgeber
Sulla conoscenza del latino nell’Oriente romano nel periodo tra Maurizio ed Eraclio (582-641): il caso degli storici-funzionari e di Giovanni di Antiochia – Umberto Roberto
Latinismi e cultura letteraria nei frammenti di Pietro Patrizio: per un’indagine sul De cerimoniis e sugli Excerpta Historica Constantiniana – Laura Mecella
Latin Literature in Johannes Malalas’s Chronicle – Olivier Gengler
Appunti per un lessico grecolatino tardoantico: la traduzione latina di Gregorio di Nazianzo trasmessa dal Laur. S. Marco 584 – Alessandro CaponeLatin Vocabulary Transmitted across Space and Time
On the Use of Latin Legal Terminology in the Byzantine Legal Treatise De actionibus – José-Domingo Rodríguez Martín
Per lo studio dei rapporti tra istituzioni di giustiniano e libri basilici – Massimo Miglietta
Latinité cachée à Constantinople (VIe – moitié XIIIe siècles) – Peter Schreiner
I latinismi nella lingua greca moderna – Johannes Niehoff-Panagiotidis

Index of Names
Index of Places


"Although much has been written about Greek studies in the West and the reception of the Greek language in Europe, the reverse phenomenon, i.e. the Latin knowledge of Greeks, seems unexplored. This volume is an excellent contribution to this field and reveals to us that Latin ... played an important role in Byzantine literature as well." Vasileios Pappas, in: Mediterranean Chronicle 9 (2019), p. 257-263.

Series Branch:
Corpus Christianorum
Corpus Christianorum Texts and Studies
Lingua Patrum
Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Greek language
History of the Greek language
Greek literature
Byzantine Greek literature
Latin language
History of the Latin language
Medieval Latin language
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
East-Central & Eastern Europe
Balkans & Near East

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