'DEMATUR NOBIS LATINA CULTURA, VIDEBIMUS, QUID ERIMUS!' THE PROBLEM OF THE SLOVAK NATIONAL REVIVAL FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF LATIN PHILOLOGY
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This study examines three early 19th century texts that aimed to advocate preservation of the usage of Latin in Hungary against the background of the proceeding magyarizing tendencies of the period. One contemporaneous anti-Latin polemical response and several minor relevant literary testimonies are included in the discussion, too. In the early 19th century, Latin still played an important role in the multinational Hungarian state not only as a literary language but also in administrative, education and social life. The long-prevailing Latin culture produced in the mentioned territory a specific linguistic and cultural situation: during the relatively short period of the national movement comprising a few decades, it was impossible to integrate the cultural heritage of the previous centuries that was preponderantly Latin, for the language situation in Hungary changed considerably in a very short time. In this way, the cultural continuity, or at least some aspects of it, was interrupted and this state of affairs has been since carried on and its consequences are felt even today. Therefore, the author proposes research into the 19th century Latin literature of the Slovak (or Hungarian) provenance which, he believes, will help define the origins of the modern Slovak culture.
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