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Latin's Riches

David Goldman, AP, Corbis

In 2011, A.J. Burnett, a pitcher for the New York Yankees, displayed the Latin phrase “Fortius Quo Fidelius,” or “strength through loyalty,” tattooed on his arm.
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To secure his appointment as cantor in Leipzig, Johann Sebastian Bach had to take an examination conducted in Latin. To the glory of the ages, he passed. In Latin: Story of a World Language, recently published in translation by Harvard University...

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