25 – Nicholas Ostler over Latijn en de EU

‘The European Union, especially since the most recent accession of Bulgaria and Rumania, has a high overlap of territory with the Roman Empire at its height, e.g., in the age of Trajan, and even more so with the extent of the Catholic Church up to the Reformation. […] Admittedly, the cohesive forces for these three leviathans have all been rather different: for the Roman Empire the might of the army, for the Church a shared faith, and for the European Union a powerful desire for collective security within and without, buttressed by secular democracy and mutual prosperity. So nostalgia for the old forms of unity is clearly out of place. But surely Latin at least, the working language of the Empire and the Church, could be called on to exercise some of its old magic as glue for the Union?’ – Nicholas Ostler, Ad infinitum. A Biography of Latin and the World it Created, Londen, 2007, p. 309.