Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Latin lives! In Finland, anyway!

Glaukôpis has been feeling a bit under the weather today, but it is passing. And now it's back to work (after a quick update).

Also, please congratulate Glaukôpis, because she has managed not to forget her keys for four days in a row. If you had seen Glaukôpis last week, you would understand why this is an accomplishment (and she's quickly knocking on wood after making this statement too).

But anyway, on to the Finns. Apparently, Finland is filled with wonderfully crazy people who do things like sing Elvis songs in Latin. Glaukôpis doesn't get it. How come the botanists (Glaukôpis kids you not--she once saw a Latin for botanists book at her old job and wanted to take it home with her!) and the Finns have turned Latin into a lingua franca of sorts, but the Classicists haven't? Not that Glaukôpis, of all people, should really be encouraging this, but that's another story. Although, she has been known to write Ecce Romani fanfiction in Latin. But that will never see the light of day. She suspects, however, that Ecce Romani's popularity is more widespread than one would think, because she has had several google searches for Ecce Romani fanfiction. Glaukôpis' friends think she's insane, but at least she's NOT ALONE.

Actually, there have also been several attempts by smaller groups to read and speak Latin regularly, but it's not as focused and widespread an effort in Classics as it seems to be in Finland and botany.

And ecce! Finland's Latin news!

Oh, for the record, Glaukôpis loves Finns. She means "crazy" only in the best ways, as she considers herself a "crazy Classicist." She also recomments that you all read the Kalevala if you have not yet--particularly if you're interested in world mythology. And now Glaukôpis wonders if it's been translated into Latin yet . . .


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finland, Finland, Finland - the country where I'd quite like to be pony trekking or camping or just watching TV

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

If anyone is interested, I have a copy of Glauk's Ecce Romani fanfic that for the right price, could see the light of day...


7:39 AM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Oh! Thou art a cruel, cruel woman!

It better at least be a high price. I expect you to make millions over my "masterpiece" (folks, it's crap--haven't even had a chance to proofread the Latin yet).

And then share those millions with me.

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