Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The historian Tacitus | Rosetta Stone Italian

The historian Tacitus | Rosetta Stone Italian

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The historian Tacitus

Posted on November 9, 2011 by Dixie

The historian Tacitus rather cynically recognized its power, observing that what Rome's subjects Rosetta Stone called "culture" was in fact what kept them in line.The U.S., too, is an assimilation machine, though one whose efficiency we tend to doubt in the present, and to acknowledge only in hindsight. Looking back, we now know that the U.S. managed to acmodate the huge waves of immigration in the 1850s, the 1880s, the first decade of the 1900s and the 1980s despite skepticism at each of those moments that it ever could. Every age doubts that it retains the absorptive capacity of ages past, just as every age fails to remember the human heartache and wrenching adjustments that past immigration entailed. Or the utter determination. My father-in-law came to the U.S. from Mexico in 1920, in his mother's arms, and on his yellowing immigration papers there is the line "Mode of arrival" followed by the typed-in word: "rowboat." My children, now that I think about it, have the kind of ironic heritage that would have been monplace on the Roman frontiers: One Mexican Rosetta Stone Software ancestor came north to the U.S. shortly after one Irish ancestor went south, with Gen. John J. Pershing, to fight Pancho Villa. In the end, the example of Rome suggests that the most effective long-term stance toward the outside lies less in building walls than in strengthening the foundation of our own society bolstering not just such tangible structures as education and healthcare and a government free of corruption but also intangible values such as equality, the entrepreneurial spirit and the principles of access and opportunity. If we take care of this, much else will take care of itself.In the shadow of Hadrian's Wall, archeologists have pulled bits of Roman-era writing from the muck. Many of these scribblings were produced by soldiers who by birth were not Romans and preferred some German tongue. The Latin they wrote is clumsy. But it is Latin, real Latin. Reading those fragments, I'm reminded of the cards passed out at a demonstration in Washington last year, when thousands of prospective immigrants united to say certain words, which Rosetta Stone Hindi were printed out phonetically. The cards read: "Ai pledch aliyens to di fleg / Of di Yunaited Esteits of America." It was a very American moment and a very Roman one too.

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