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8 > Image 8 of The Kentuckian : a monthly magazine, vol. 2, no. 2

Part of The Kentuckian : a monthly magazine

- . 154 I THE KENTUCKIAN. r . t' _; _ which have been preserved the Books of the Old Testa- ~ - _ i I I ment, the language in which Solomon uttered his wisdom ri ij and David sang his psalms. It is the language of tha _ _ J I Jewish legendary store,,the Talmud. It embraces the g A r Armaic, peculiarly interesting to us because it was the _ tongue in which our Saviour spoke. It also includes the , i ' Q. . { A Arabic, in which was written that splendid phantasy, the ` I j K n _Arabian Knights and the Koran, a "specim=:n of linguistic ` K _ _ art and philological beauty." From this language we _ have derived our whole system of decimal notation, the _ V . foundation words of chemistry and astronomy. ` Y l _ii l ~ The clues that thread this old labyrynth lead our own __ I gi A l . English to the tablelands of Asia, to the great Aryan _ ._ family of language. p It includes the Sanskrit, the lan- I r . guage of ancient India, in which is preserved the Vedas, , t . ` . books of mythological superstitious, but mines of precious , _ rr, philological gems, and where are found the germs of all- it modern European languages. It includes the Persian, ` ` _. p the language of Zaroaster and the Zend Avesta; the _ in Greek, thelanguage of Aristotle and Plato; the Latin of. I at - Cicero, the Keltic, the Gothic, the Slavic andothers. A { I The great framework ofthe English was brought by .. the Teutonic hordes across Northern Europe, the sofiened g it * r outlines were filled in by those ithat came by the classic . Mediterranean. The first impelled by the great Aryan I. I _ _ A wave westward were the Kelts, who left the shore of the A c Black Sea about izoo 13. C. Despite the work of cen- turies they hold their own today with an enthusiastic per- N _ 7 " _ sistency in parts of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Corn- I g ` V ?f _ wall and vvaies. i - j _ In the wake of the Kelis came another Aryan horde, an ji i ` the Goths, socalled from their battle cry, GOTH, mean- A " l ing soon or BRAVE. They took various names. GER- t i p _ p IUANS were so called from GAR, DART and MAN, liter- t ` ii I . _ , A r V t K . _ I , _ . r ( A A if if