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Wall Street Journal compares Ad Infinitum and Carpe Diem

The review is here.
A brief extract follows:

Both authors are British-born and Oxford-educated, and both engaging
writers. But their responses to declining Latinity are different. Mr.
Mount is cheerier. He is heartened that Latin “still blossoms today in
the oddest of places,” noting (inter alia) a Latin phrase tattooed on
Angelina Jolie's belly. Mr. Ostler, for his part, resigns himself to
the belief that Latin has little place in a world of “decidability,
radioactivity, plate tectonics.” His parting words are lugubrious: sic transit gloria mundi, “so the glory of the world must pass,” but he takes solace in the immortal glory of Latin.

Guardian review of Ad Infinitum

Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin
by Nicholas Ostler
382pp, Harper Press, £25

The
Latin language is a little like a Russian vine. No matter how hard it
is pruned, it has a habit of springing back again. Even though it is
now a sorry thing compared with the great and branching plant it once
was, it is still irrepressibly putting out shoots: it's odd to think
that the most widely read Latin now is almost certainly the spells in
Harry Potter, as in expecto patronum, I await the master, and reparo, I
repair.

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