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Byzantinische Zeitschrift

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Volume 111, Issue 1

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John Lydus’ knowledge of Latin and language politics in sixth-century Constantinople

Sviatoslav Dmitriev
Published Online: 2018-03-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bz-2018-0003

Abstract

This article contextualizes an old debate about the extent of knowledge of Latin by John Lydus, a state official and an erudite from sixth-century Constantinople, within a broader issue of the role of Latin in early Byzantium. It is argued here that Lydus’ startling etymological explanations had no relation to his level of knowledge of Latin, but reflected the declining official use of Latin in Byzantium by resurrecting the theory about Latin as a dialect of Greek.

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Published Online: 2018-03-21

Published in Print: 2018-02-01


Citation Information: Byzantinische Zeitschrift, Volume 111, Issue 1, Pages 55–70, ISSN (Online) 1868-9027, ISSN (Print) 0007-7704, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bz-2018-0003.

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