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Phil asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

Why on earth were Julius Caesar's last words in the greek language ?

and not in Latin ?

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"The dictator's last words are a contested subject among scholars and historians. Suetonius himself says he said nothing,[13] nevertheless, he mentions that others have written that Caesar's last words were the Greek phrase "καὶ σύ, τέκνον;"[20] (transliterated as "Kai su, teknon?": "You too, child?" in English).[21] Plutarch also reports that Caesar said nothing, pulling his toga over his head when he saw Brutus among the conspirators.[22] The version best known in the English-speaking world is the Latin phrase "Et tu, Brute?" ("You too, Brutus?");[23][24] 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."

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    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.

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  • 2 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. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Unless they were actually there, who would know?

    Shakespeare used plenty of license and is not remotely reliable.

    • alan P
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      2 months agoReport

      We don't expect Shakespeare to be a reliable historical source.  It doesn't stop Julius Caesar being an outstanding play.

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  • 2 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.

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