Legible Latin

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Hadrian’s Wall didn’t exactly keep the barbarians at bay, did it? I am in such a state over the killers in the House of Representatives and the further demise of common decency in this country that I can barely concentrate on the new deadlines looming, so I’m always happy to be diverted by some wonderfully arcane snippets about real scholars, real research, real intelligence, and real decency.

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Enter Roger Tomlin, a world expert at deciphering nearly incomprehensible Latin ephemera somehow still preserved after thousands of years–and as sloppily written then as a lazy student’s writing would be now.

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If you love words, and seeing how a genius unravels ancient mysteries of script, do yourself a favor and read this piece: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/how-to-decode-an-ancient-romans-handwriting?mbid=nl_TNY%20Template%20-%20With%20Photo%20(163)&CNDID=39110183&spMailingID=10936643&spUserID=MTMzMTg0NTczOTA2S0&spJobID=1160181350&spReportId=MTE2MDE4MTM1MAS2.

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I hope it makes you feel better. Especially if you have any preexisting conditions.

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