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Old 03-08-2013, 06:07 PM   #181
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which is the reference that this detective story is making in saying that like Gaul, the window was divided into three parts. It's a reference which would be completely lost to most modern readers.
I have read De Bello Gallico in translation long ago, but I admit I don't read either Latin or Greek. One of the two types of secondary schools in the Netherlands giving entry to the university still teaches them (the 'Gymnasium'), but I went to the other one (the 'Atheneum').

I picked up some Latin in the years since (as any literate person and omnivorous reader will, I guess), but I wasn't ever taught it.
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Absolutely. One classic example (no pun intended) is this sentence I came across in a detective story recently:



50 years ago, the reference to "Gaul" would have been instantly understandable to any reader. Today I suspect that I'm in a minority in understanding it. Anyone care to explain it?
I got the reference. Gaul was the ancient name for the country that is now known as France. And I have read the line in Caesar's Gallic Wars that makes that reference. I don't think it was so much the country that was divided as the people which seemed to divide themselves into three groups.
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I have read De Bello Gallico in translation long ago, but I admit I don't read either Latin or Greek. One of the two types of secondary schools in the Netherlands giving entry to the university still teaches them (the 'Gymnasium'), but I went to the other one (the 'Atheneum').

I picked up some Latin in the years since (as any literate person and omnivorous reader will, I guess), but I wasn't ever taught it.
Amazon has a free copy of De Bello Callico in English translation. I posted about it not long ago.
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