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UNTRANSLATABLE WORDS IN CLASSICAL LATIN: THE PROBLEM WITH PIUS

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Title: UNTRANSLATABLE WORDS IN CLASSICAL LATIN: THE PROBLEM WITH PIUS
Author: Woodell, Keith Alexander
Advisor(s): Cyrino, Monica
Committee Member(s): Garcia, Lorenzo
Ivanova-Sullivan, Tanya
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Subject(s): Classics
Classical Studies
Linguistics
Semantics
Latin
Italic
Indo-European
Livy
Catullus
Vergil
Virgil
LC Subject(s): Catullus, Gaius Valerius -- Criticism and interpretation
Virgil -- Criticism and interpretation
Livy -- Criticism and interpretation
Rhetoric, Ancient
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: The Romans of the Classical Era (circa 100 B.C.E. to 15 C.E.) had a social, religious, and legal structure that was vastly different from that of modern Western societies. On account of this difference and especially due to the influence of the Christian religion, many Roman concepts have been misunderstood and mistranslated. This thesis analyzes the Latin word pius along with its nominal and adverbial derivatives in ancient literature to try to understand how the concept actually worked in Roman cognition. Perhaps due to the fact that words like “pity,” “pious,” and “piety” all derive from pius, the way it is translated into English often reflects less an understanding of how the Romans used it and more and understanding of the way in which Christians used it. The poets Catullus and Vergil and the historian Livy are the chief sources for this analysis.
Graduation Date: May 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20799

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