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Re: lyrics [Now We Are Free]
• Posted by: Yukatado   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, September 7, 2002, at 10:20 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: lyrics [Now We Are Free] (HotCod)

> Its a shame the words don't mean anything, its shuch a amazing song......
> but to be honist, it sounds a lot like Latin to me, i'm not sure, becuse
> there also seems to be a mixs of spanish in too, which would have been
> inspread if its true (maxiums being spanish, romans speeking latin) but
> make it very hard to work out what is, if anything, being said

Whilst the sentiment might be good, Maximus would have most definitely not spoken Spanish, nor would he have though of himself, nor anyone have thought of him as a Spaniard (a misnomer in the movie). He would have been called the Iberian, given that present day Spain is the land the Romans labled as "Iberia." Given his position in the empire of Rome, he would have spoken High Latin, not the Vulgar Latin spoken by the common soldiery, which evolved into French and Spanish.

As for the lingual influences on the song? The very first line sounds like Hebrew, Shalom, definitely being a Hebrew word. However, latin case endings as well as gaelic phonology give the song a "Roman" feel. As commented by someone else, the lyrics feel as though they come from all over the empire. Being unfamiliar with German, I couldn't comment on the Germanic influences.

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