Why on earth were Julius Caesar's last words in the greek language ?
and not in Latin ?
"The dictator's last words are a contested subject among scholars and historians. Suetonius himself says he said nothing, nevertheless, he mentions that others have written that Caesar's last words were the Greek phrase "καὶ σύ, τέκνον;" (transliterated as "Kai su, teknon?": "You too, child?" in English). Plutarch also reports that Caesar said nothing, pulling his toga over his head when he saw Brutus among the conspirators. The version best known in the English-speaking world is the Latin phrase "Et tu, Brute?" ("You too, Brutus?"); this derives from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (1599), where it actually forms the first half of a macaronic line: "Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar." This has no basis in historical fact. Shakespeare was making use of a phrase already in common use at the time."
- Anonymous2 months agoFavorite Answer
The lingua franca of the Mediterranean was Greek. Every educated Roman spoke Greek almost as fluently as Latin (which was viewed as a populist language). Greek was the language of discourse and oratory.
- Greg ToolsonLv 72 months ago
Greek was the language of the elite in ancient Rome. Well-off patrician families had the luxury of bringing up their sons with a proper education in Greek philosophy and the language it was written in.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Unless they were actually there, who would know?
Shakespeare used plenty of license and is not remotely reliable.
- MetalplanttagLv 72 months ago
Greek was the common tongue of the people, and most of the reports about him were written many years after his death and translated into Greek and latin.