Medieval languages

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Hi all-

I am interested in learning more about medieval ideas and wanted to know more about the languages spoken in the Holy roman empire, although it was mostly german. So far I have found out that Latin was an official language for a long time, but the last 200 years german was more dominant. I tend to think that the reformation had something to do with the language change. I don't know if I have time to learn both latin and german (or desire!), but I think that to understand what the monks were learning at that time would be invaluable to Christians. Thanks for your help!

Steve

steve51885's picture

Patrologia latina

I do know greek, I took a year in bible school and enjoyed it. It was interesting how much of the spanish that I learned in high school was recycled in that course.

I am protestant, and am interested in medeival metaphysics, which might be a contradiction. I know that there is the patrologia latina, which is all in latin and goes to about the 1200's, and then I have also seen the germanica hitsorae, which is also in latin and covers the 1500's to some later date that I didn't catch. The thing is, I just don't know which works are translated from those two databases, if those are the only two databases of church history or if there are more I don't know about, and which texts I would tend to agree with being a protestant. I was just shocked reading some of the german philosophy and how advanced it became as compared to the early church fathers like Augustine and Chrysostom (nothing against those two great fathers). I was also fascinated with how frequently they referred to the old latin works and greek works, as if it were almost a requirement for these German philosophers (heidegger that I know of so far). I know some of the stuff has been translated (Aquinas, a kempis, others), but I am curious as to what we as english protestants might be missing out on, more specifically on the subject of being (which is an original concept from Aristotle), and other metaphysical ideas. Thanks for your help, can you offer any more?

Steve




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