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REGINALD FOSTER

Roman Catholic mass held in Latin is a rare sound these days. The language was once at the heart of Western culture and for centuries most books and official letters were written in Latin. Today, it's considered a dead language – except to those who are trying to resurrect it.

Reginald Foster (Milwaukee 1939 ) is a Catholic priest and friar of the Order of Discalced Carmelites. From 1970 until his retirement in 2009, he worked in the Latin Letters section of the Secretariat of State in the Vatican. He is an expert in Latin literature and an influential teacher of Latin, including 30 years at the Gregorian University in Rome and free summer courses that he has continued after returning to Milwaukee. He teaches Latin as a living language.

He eschews the memorization of paradigms—to the point of forbidding students from memorizing lists of grammatical forms and vocabulary. His method involves incrementally mastering the structure and vocabulary of the language by breaking down the gra…

BELLVM PVNICVM SECVNDVM

Titus Livius Bellum Pūnicum alterum, quod māximē omnium memorābile esse cēnsēbat propter utrīusque cīvitātis magnitūdinem atque exercituum valētūdinem in IX librīs dēscrīpsit.

Hamilcar, dux Carthāginiēnsis, Hannibalem fīlium iūre iūrandō adēgit ‘eum, cum prīmum posse, inimīcum populō Rōmānō fore’ sed propter illīus mortem et huius pueritiam bellum inter Carthāginiēnsēs et Rōmānōs dīlātum est.

Postquam Hasdrubal, Hamilcaris gener, in locum eius mīlitārem successit nōn bellum sed foedus cum Rōmānīs in Hispāniā renovāvit eō pactō ut utrīusque imperiī fīnis amnis Hibērus esset et oppidum Saguntum līberum inter ambōs manēret populōs. Itaque, gentibus conciliandīs, rem Carthāginiēnsem satis augēre potuit.

Hannibale vixdum pūbere ab patruō suō per litterās arcessītō ut mīlitiae adsuēsceret atque succēderet in paternās opēs, Hannō, prīnceps alterīus factiōnis, illum cum aliīs puerīs vīvere et crēscere quam in castrīs melius esse arbitrātus est. Hasdrubal posteā ā quōdam barbarō obtruncātus, m…