Archive for January, 2018


January 3, 2018

Over the years, I have caught various snippets about children—almost uniformly young boys, I believe–being raised with Latin as their first language, or at least an L1 from a very early age. I have never cataloged these efforts in a systematic way, though, until now.

Probably the two most famous Neo-Latinists raised in the language are Michael de Montaigne and Mogyorósi Árkád—who later moved to the U.S. and gave himself a good, strong, respectable American name: Arcadius Avellanus. John Stuart Mill has also been mentioned, but according to Wikipedia he didn’t start studying the language until the ripe old age of 8.

But I have heard stories of other classicists raised in lingua Latina, and wish to keep this as a repository for such tales and accounts, as well as progress for anyone raising their kid with Latin as L1 in the 21st Century.

If you know of any other postimperial Latinists-from-birth, please leave a comment!