Book Series Language: Grammars & Dictionaries (Outside a Series)

A Handbook of Christian Latin: Style, Morphology and Syntax

A. Blaise

  • Pages: 176 p.
  • Size:160 x 250 mm
  • Language(s):English, Latin
  • Publication Year:1994

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  • ISBN: 978-2-503-50371-4
  • Hardback
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This little book by Albert Blaise has already performed a great service for all who are interested in Christian Latin literature. The reader who is familiar only with Classical Latin feels helpless in the presence of certain forms, certain expressions, and certain grammatical anomalies which seem to him incorrect, even aberrant. The Handbook of Christian Latin, making no pretense of erudition, follows step by step classical stylistics and grammar, describing succinctly the characteristics of Christian Latin in the many phases of its evolution and its divergence from classical usage. This practical method has proved its usefulness; the numerous, repeated demands for the book since the depletion of the first printing are evidence of this. The contents of this work were originally intended to serve as an introduction to the Dictionnaire latin-français des auteurs chrétiens. In contrast to the Dictionnaire , which extends its investigations to the end of the Merovingian period, only examples taken from the Patristic period, properly speaking, are mentioned (with some very rare exceptions).