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21 The new overriding opinion on language and culture was the total opposite of the archaic concept of those universal compendia. The Hungarian language was considered the only key to Hungarian culture and any piece of work that was not written in Hungarian had to be strictly ruled out as alien. Young authors of the 1820s even criticised Ferenc Kazinczy who dared to translate a German-language poetic work originally written by a Hungarian bishop. 22 The discussion and debates over culture and language of the time bore a strong political meaning.

This nationalism, for which Latin provided an important medium, was not based on any political particularism, but on cultural pan-Slavism. In his chapter, Alexander Maxwell explores Slovak ideas of ‘the Slavic language,’ illustrating with three Latin texts from 1787, 1826 and 1847 the Slovak assumption that all Slavic vernaculars represent facets of one single language. In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, Latin was also used by those communities that had no distinct Latin cultural tradition of their own.

1 (Vienna 1777). 4 See for example I. , Oryctologicon complexum Historiam Naturalem mineralium (Buda 1780); G. A.  (Vienna 1787). g. L.  ([Tyrnaviae] 1731); P. Schetz, Metamorphosis Hungariae. Seu fabulosa regionis, praesidiorum, aliarumque rerum quarundam memorabilium origo ([Tyrnaviae] 1716); and A. Adanyi, Fastorum Hungariae Pars I et II ([Cassoviae] 1742). In the subsequent century this was to become the predominant topic of the Hungarian historical literature. 6 G. A. ] 7 G. Trautwein, Telemachus gallice conscriptus, ob amoenissimam tum tradendae, tum addiscendae christianae politices methodum in omnes fere Europae linguas transfusus, nunc nitidiore Latinitate donatus ([Cassoviae] 1750)—the Hungarian translations (from Latin) came out in 1755, 1783, etc.

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