Lecturing people on classical languages pronunciation [Response]

Recently, I have read concerns about the fact that many scholars in Western Europe and in the Americas, use an ‘Erasmian’ style of pronunciation when reading Classical Greek texts. There is apparently an identitarian trend of calling out people who are not native to Modern Greece, to ‘mispronounce’ classical texts, as if the Modern Greek … Continue reading Lecturing people on classical languages pronunciation [Response]

Concerns about a word in the year of the 牛 ox

It is not possible for me to avoid the topic on the first day of the year which will be dominated by a metal ox: the name of this animal in Chinese and in other languages. When you check on articles that provide information on the Chinese lunar calendar and its so-called ‘zodiac signs’, you … Continue reading Concerns about a word in the year of the 牛 ox

Where does January come from?

NOTE: The following post is not an opinion but a didactic post for students, previously published on Lamptēr Glossōn and republished here. Numa PompiliusCour CarréeLe Louvre, Paris It is the first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar but it has not always been this way. The month of January was added to the Roman calendar … Continue reading Where does January come from?

Śaṅkhācārya’s name and story

Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra One of the previous lives of the Buddha शाक्यमुनि Śākyamuni, was a life of a ऋषि ṛṣi – a wise man – according to the Treatise of the great virtue of wisdom, the महाप्रज्ञापारमिताशास्त्र Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra written by Nāgārjuna, a famous Mahāyāna author and – theologian if I could say – at least thinker. The … Continue reading Śaṅkhācārya’s name and story

Christmas · Saturnalia · Noël · Navidad

NOTE: The following post is not an opinion but a didactic post for students, previously published on Lamptēr Glossōn and republished here. Malls and public places are covered with garlands and decorated trees. Maybe at home, in your own place, your living-room has been prepared now for the celebrations of December. And apart from the … Continue reading Christmas · Saturnalia · Noël · Navidad