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Germania Latina - Latinitas teutonica
Munich, September 2001


Latin Germany - German Latinity
Politics, Science, Humanist Culture from the Late Middle Ages to the Present

(Munich, 2001-09-10 to 2001-09-13)

A conference of Seminar für Geistesgeschichte und Philosophie der Renaissance
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich):

"Latin Germany - German latinity": The histories, versions, variants, contexts,
peculiarities, uses, significance, momentus of Latin in "German" regions and

   Like the language or languages called "English" nowadays for the whole world,
Latin once was the "global" language of western culture. With the end of antiquity
it ceased to be a national language spoken by native speakers and became an
international language used by natives from various regions for various purposes.
It was used not as a foreign language, but served as the proper language for
various purposes and contexts. Use for such services brought about transformations
and adaptations of Latin according to functional and regional contexts. Latin
became an international language with regional instances. This conference will be
about Latin in "Germany" from the late middle ages to the present. Because of the
historical foci of the conference, papers accepted for the conference can deal
with phenomena from anywhere in the "Sacrum Imperium" in its pre-Pax-Westphalica

   The conference had five semi-parallel sections (each with one plenary lecture
and 9 papers for a more specialised audience):

-   The classical humanist tradition in Germany and its aftermath
    (14th to 18th cent.)
-   Peculiarities of the German use of Latin (14th to 18th cent.)
-   Latin and the formation of German history (education, politics,
    learning, sciences; 14th to 18th cent.)
-   Latin in Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries
-   Transversal aspects (regions, functions, transformations; 14th
    to 20th cent.)

   The proceedings of the conference can be found at: