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July 27, 2017 at 2:10 am #2517
L. Livius mag. omnibus sociis sal.
The deferred business from the last convocation concerned monita, or "advisories" from the College to various organs of the Republic regarding the public use of Latin. Since it is now one of the stated purposes of our College "to offer [such] guidance" (Regula, I.C), we should endeavour to fulfill this task we have set for ourselves.
To this end, I foresee two things which we will need to accomplish:
- Adopt a policy governing how the College formally issues monita, so as to ensure that the proffered advice is sound, and errors are identified in a courteous manner;
- Compile a list of errors in Latin orthography, grammar, and style from the magistracies, website, etc., so that they can be corrected.
Here is a first draft of a consultum (policy). Please share your thoughts on it, if any, as well as any corrections to my Latin composition 😳 :
CONSVLTVM COLLEGI LATINI DE MONITISUt propositum monendi de usu linguae Latinae impositum sibi in Regula sua compleatur, magistri sociique Collegi Latini sequentia sciscant:
- Quandocumque aliquis civis Romanus errorem Latinum publicum spectaverit, utri magistro Collegi Latini privatim narrare debet, ut corrigatur.
- Magister errorem investigabit et cum collega suo consultabit.
- Ambo magistri consentientes monitum de errore confirmato magistratibus vel civibus pertinentibus in nomine Collegi mittent modo digno monendis.
- Si hoc monitum moniti neglegunt, magistri prudenter rem potestatibus superioribus possunt referre.
- In omni re privata de lingua Latina, talia monita non necesse sunt, sed cives litterati libenter se corrigant.
As for potential topics in need of a monitum, I can think of two in particular: (1) the names of the Collegia, and (2) the titles of magisterial edicts (which have produced some interesting adjectival forms in need of correction). Any others that have been spotted?
P. S. I’ll keep a running list of potential topics here for easy reference:
July 27, 2017 at 3:02 am #10823
- Names of Collegia
- Titles/formulas for magisterial documents
- Titles of leges
I also think sometimes plurals or abnormal genitives also end up being wrong in magisterial posts (e.g. Apollinis).
Another thing that the Collegium could provide that would be very useful is to give the magistrates easily understood Formats for them to use in official papers. Maybe even using latin legal expressions.
Just brainstorming.July 28, 2017 at 7:57 am #10843
A very good idea! However the mechanism should be different. Magister is an administrative position, it does not prove or require expertise. Those who should be in charge of the monita should therefore not be the magistri, but the grammatici.
Talking about the names of the collegia, is it historically known that there actually were collegia that had an adjective in their name? Most historical collegia that I am familiar with used the genitive plural of their members, not the adjective, exempli gratia Collegium Pontificum not Collegium Pontificium or Collegium Mercatorum not Collegium Mercatorium. So in our case it would rather be the Collegium Grammaticorum than the Collegium Latinum. Or are there historic examples of collegia with an adjective in the name?
C. Florius LupusJuly 28, 2017 at 2:45 pm #10846
L. Livius mag. C. Florio sal.
Since there is no Latin qualification required to serve as magistri, you are right, C. Flori, in that they may lack the expertise to evaluate errors themselves. I am hesitant, however, to grant any and every grammaticus (assuming such a position is approved by the College) the authority to issue monita, lest a swarm of admonishing "experts" descend upon an unsuspecting public. Perhaps the magistri refer the question to the consilium grammaticorum, who then respond with their opinion, to be communicated by the magistri to the erring officials? That way the lines of communication remain clear: officialdom↔magistri↔grammatici.
As for collegiate nomenclature, historically the format was a plural genitive of members (e.g., Collegium Vinariorum "College of Vinters," Collegium Pistorum "College of Bakers," etc.). Unfortunately, the College membership rejected the idea that we be an organization of professionals, and so Collegium Grammaticorum would be a misnomer, describing a minority of the actual members. For the philosophers, however, Collegium Philosophorum wouldn’t be unreasonable.
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