Re: [SCA Newcomers] Re: language resources
- As I go out today at 3pm to take my Western Civilization class, and deal with a man named Justinian (Byzantine Empire) who assembled various books of law in his domain, I have to wonder something, and I thought who better than the other Justin to help?
And if he can't then I've asked on list!
What language DID the Byzantium folks speak down there before being sacked in 1453?
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From: njal_tjorkilsson <njal_tjorkilsson@...>
Sent: Monday, December 09, 2002 9:12 AM
Subject: [SCA Newcomers] Re: language resources
For me personally, there is a relatively good selection of books and
websites devoted to Scandinavian languages and Old English (Anglo-
Saxon). I generally just Google Search, looking under different
combinations of: Language (culture), sayings, idioms, dictionary,
I'll admit that sometimes I fudge on vocabulary, since Old Norse is
effectively defunct except in Iceland, I *occasionally* use Swedish,
Danish or Norweigan expressions.
Even more than that I use plain ol' romanticized pseudo-medieval
speech when I can pull it off and not sound silly.
In all honesty, I generally use true period language etc when doing
scribal work. Otherwise I just sound weird and folks rarely
understand what i'm trying to pull off. IMO it's great to learn,
rarely practical to use at events.
I hope this has been helpful. I'm sure there are others who use this
more often than I.
In Omnia Veritas,
Njall Tjorkilsson, KSCA
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Bon Johnston <baubo@s...> wrote:
> What kinds of resources are you all using to get more familiar with
> chosen historical period -- I'm especially interested in language-
> (vocabulary, unusual expressions, idioms)?
> Bon Johnston
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- On Monday 09 December 2002 09:54, Dee wrote:
> What language DID the Byzantium folks speak down there before being sackedMostly Greek, but some Latin.
> in 1453?
Incidentally, there were *two* Justinian emperors, both of whom were wise and
well-respected by their people for their great public works projects and for
codifying the laws that became the basis for much of western civilization's
modern legal code.
There were two emperors Justin as well. They were illiterate despots, hated by
all. I think one of them was assassinated, and if so, deserved it.
Guess which ones I'm named after. ;-)
Moral of the story: Do your research *before* you pick your SCA name.
Charter Member, Alderford Poultry Protection League
Maistor Iustinos Tekton called Justin (Scott Courtney)
Gules, on a bezant a fleam sable, on a chief dovetailed Or, two keys
fesswise reversed sable.
Marche of Alderford (Canton, Ohio) http://4th.com/sca/justin/
justin@... PGP Public Key at http://4th.com/keys/justin.pubkey