n Akroterion - Latin in South Africa : two inscriptions on the Hartbeespoort commemorative arch

Volume 46, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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Extracted from text ... Akroterion 46 (2001) 101-108 LATIN IN SOUTH AFRICA: TWO INSCRIPTIONS ON THE HARTBEESPOORT COMMEMORATIVE ARCH J Hilton (University of Natal, Durban) 'There are languages that sing, there are others that draw or paint. Latin engraves, and what it engraves is ineradicable. One might say that something that is not universal or eternal cannot be Latin.' Ferdinand Brun?ti?re, quoted by Marie- Madeleine Martin, Le latin immortel (Diffusion de la Pens?e Fran?aise: Chir?-en- Montreuil 1971: 247).1 The tradition of engraving inscriptions in Latin continues in many countries today, including South Africa. War memorials, school mottoes, epitaphs, degree certificates, and commemorative Latin texts ..

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