Latin, a dead language? Not quite yet in my experience. Ireland may never have been invaded by the legions of Julius Caesar but the words which the conquering Romans spoke as they rampaged around Europe, Asia and Africa linger on, an often overlooked presence permeating our modern speech and our writings into the new millennium.
Young Persephone chooses her own reading material these days, an avid fan of a genre called, if I have it right, teenage fantasy. When I was growing up, the phrase might have suggested a girlish crush on John Lennon or Sean Connery. Now, apparently, the idol most favoured is a fictional character called Percy Jackson who is related to ancient Greek gods. Anyway, my daughter is now long past the nights when I would send her to sleep by reading the works of AA Milne.
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