I don't know if we can (in fact I know that we can't ^^) show one author
who should be the source of the medieval Latin. Terence? Yes, but he wasn't
the only example for students by far. Vulgate? Yes, but this version of the
Bible became "official" only at the XVIth century. The *Veteres Latinae*
was very often used until then. The Latin was often taught using a classic
grammarian (Donatus, a master of Jerome, the translator of the Vulgate),
who probably had a great influence too. And all the Latin or translated
fathers of church, from Antiquity or Middle Ages, all the classic authors
who survived, had an influence, various according to the milieu or the time
of the medieval author.

So, if Terence wasn't used as *exempla*, the medieval Latin probably should
be the same, or almost. The situation of the Latin wasn't the same than
today, in which Latin became truly a dead language, in spite of the
praiseworthy efforts of the partisans of living Latin

2014-12-04 21:55 GMT+01:00 Leo Moser <[log in to unmask]>:

> Seem I recall that Medieval Latin took on something of a life on its own.
> For example, writers like Erasmus influenced those that came on later and
> especially in Northern Europe, even by their 'errors.'
> The Latin of books by Newton and Linnaeus are rather easy to read IMO. The
> absorption of later (post post-Vulgate) styles?
> When Latin is colloquially spoken at the Vatican, I wonder what forms it
> takes.
> Regards,              LEO
> Leo Moser
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> Subject: Re: Father of Church Latin?
> On 04/12/2014 00:25, Siva Kalyan wrote:
> > I thought the Vulgate was the main influence on Church Latin…
> Certainly the Latin of Jerome's Vulgate Version was an important
> influence.  So also were early Christian writers such as Tertullian and
> Augustine.
> But that, of course, begs the question of what were the influence on the
> Latin of Jerome's Vulgate version and of the early Christian Latin
> writers.  That would take a
> dissertation in itself       :)
> > Siva
> >
> >> On 4 Dec 2014, at 9:42 am, Elyse M Grasso wrote:
> >>
> >> I recently learned that all of the plays of the Afro-Roman playwright
> >> Terence are still extant because  they were used by the medieval
> >> Church to teach conversational Latin. So they were copied and written
> >> out a LOT and everyone would have known them, for hundreds of years.
> >>
> >> I don't know Latin or Latin literature well enough to guess details,
> >> but I wonder how different Church Latin  might have been if they had
> >> chosen a different exemplar,
> But what different exemplar for _conversational_ Latin?  The only
> alternative, I guess, would have been Plautus, but I imagine the Church
> found Terence more acceptable (i.e. less bawdy).  But the result would have
> been much the same.
> >> and what the follow-on effects might have been.
> They would only have been different if there had been a significantly
> different exemplar - but there wasn't.
> But what we are really talking about here is the _colloquial_ Latin of the
> _Middle Ages_ (Latin was a _living_ and changing L2 right the Middle
> Ages).  Sure, it would have had some affect on certain styles of the
> written language, but written language by that time had other exemplars.
> Also the thing is made more complicated by the revival of Classical Latin
> at the Renaissance.  This, and the emergence of standardized vernacular
> languages, virtually killed of Medieval Latin and, largely, with it
> Terence's influence on colloquial Latin.  The surviving written Church
> Latin was itself to some extent also influenced by the Classical revival.
> But with all respect to Terence, he can hardly be reckoned the Father of
> Church Latin.
> --
> Ray
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