Monday, October 16, 2006
In Rome, know good Latin when you see it...
When you see this name carved in your polished marble in Rome, then you know it's good Latin! Antonio Cardinal Bacci was the greatest living latinist through the 1960s. His successor was an American, Fr. Reginald Foster, who remains the most prominent living latinist of today.
Cardinal Bacci was so good at Latin that he even published an Italian-Latin dictionary of "modern" Latin words. He was the one who coined Latin words for such modern inventions as electric lighting, the automobile and communism, etc.