The Vatican today launched the first issue of a new series of the journal “Latinitas”, a publication dedicated to the language of Latin.
For the first time, the new “Latinitas” will publish articles in Italian and other languages as well as Latin.
The Vatican said the first issue will include an article responding to the questions, “Latin for whom? Why Latin?” by the new director of the Pontifical Academy for Latin, Ivano Dionigi, following an epigraph dedicated to Pope Francis.
The journal is divided into three sections: scientific (“Historica et philologica”); “Humaniora”, dedicated to contemporary literature in Latin, and “Ars docendi”, which considers didactic issues related to classical languages and cultures, ranging from antiquity to the present day.
The volume is completed by an appendix in Latin with “Breves de Academiae vita notitiae”, a brief summary of the main activities of the academy, the “Argumenta” or abstracts of the contributions to the journal in accordance with current international norms for scientific publications, and a useful “Index universus”.
Speakers at this morning’s press conference were Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture; Professor Dionigi, president of the Pontifical Academy for Latin and rector of the University of Bologna, and the writer Valerio Massimo Manfredi.
The journal is published by the Pontifical Academy Latinitas, instituted by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2012.