Thursday, June 09, 2016

Riddle me …

… Review: Saint Aldhelm's Riddles, edited by A.M. Juster - Chicago Tribune. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Aldhelm was a prominent churchman in Anglo-Saxon England. Born between 635 and 645, he died in 709. Although Latin was not his native tongue, he wrote poetry in that language, including a sequence of 100 riddles called Aenigmata, which Juster has translated (in verse).
Was Latin anybody's native tongue in the Seventh Century?


  1. Jeff Mauvais11:29 PM

    Latin was the official language of the Byzantine Empire until 620. So, yes.

  2. That's interesting. And I would not have thought that.