Because there are so many native Latin and Aramaic speakers in London. 3

The Independent is reporting on this ridicularity. Personally, I would worry more about cleaning up after the horses and camels.

On-stage chariot races, herds of horses, camels, vultures, eagles, 400 performers and a supporting cast which includes Jesus Christ, Tiberius Julius Caesar and Pontius Pilate … What else to do but set Ben-Hur the stage show in Latin and Aramaic? The £5m production will show at the 20,000-seat O2 arena in London from 15-19 September.

Only one song in the score – written by Stewart Copeland, formerly a rock drummer for the Police – will be composed in English.

Actors will learn their lines in the ancient language of the Romans and the Jews. A narrator will explain the action in the native language of whichever of the seven countries the play is touring, among them France and Germany, as well as England.

…Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London and a long-time supporter of the continuation of Latin studies, gave his approval to the show.

“Ave! This is a fantastic idea. Cives londinii spectabunt et mirabuntur,” he said. “We have much to learn from the Romans, not least since the horse is the ultimate low-carbon vehicle.”


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3 thoughts on “Because there are so many native Latin and Aramaic speakers in London.

  • Steve

    Interesting, indeed. In reading the article, I note:

    “The creator, Franz Abraham, said he wanted to stick authentically to the novel by Lew Wallace, an instant bestseller when it was published in 1880”

    So perhaps Wallace would be, dare I say it, impressed?

    What I found most interesting was the off-handed remark that a horse “is the ultimate low-carbon vehicle.” I am curious about the science behind (no pun intended) that one. Horses breathe, thus exhaling CO2. They also eat, requiring the production of the feed for their consumption (usually using many “greenhouse gas” emitting devices and fertilizers). And like cattle, and humans, they pass (methane) gas.

    So here’s the challenge–when one uses the word “Ultimate” should we not challenge them?