Chapter 22
Late Latin and Church Latin
In This Chapter
◆ The church fathers and their works
◆ St. Augustine’s Confessions
◆ The church litany
◆ Biblical Latin
◆ Medieval Music and holiday songs
There’s no doubt that the Roman Empire fell around 500 C.E., gradually leading to the Dark Ages. The reasons why such an empire would disintegrate range from too many undefended boundaries to lead poisoning in the drinking water. Nevertheless, just as Rome was being overrun by Goths and Visigoths, the Christian church was beginning to come into its own. Cathedrals and monasteries were popping up all over Europe and were soon filled with holy brothers, all with not much to do but pray and copy manuscripts. Luckily for posterity, the monks occasionally copied ...

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