Night of the Living Dead Languages

Cornell Daily Sun: Who says academics have no sense of humor?! A recent event held (on the Ides of March!) at Cornell University was called "Night of the Living Dead Languages" and featured readings in several ancient and medieval languages. Those crazy kids at Cornell really know how to party! The fourth annual Night of the Living Dead Languages was held on the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar and was sponsored by the Undergraduate Classics Club. The evening featured dramatic works and readings by students and professors in ancient and modern Greek, Latin, medieval Arabic and Italian, and Old Church Slavonic. Some performances included costumes and music. According to sponsors, the purpose of the evening is to expose people to ancient languages.

"People get to hear languages that are usually only read. It makes them seem more relevant to today's world," said Lauren Butt, class of 2004.

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