SIGN THE PETITION! UNESCO: Recognise Latin and Greek “Heritage of Humanity”

by

Accademia Vivarium Novum

http://www.vivariumnovum.net/unesco/

Read the Appeal: http://www.vivariumnovum.net/unesco/appello.pdf

SIGN THE PETITION: http://www.petitiononline.com/heritage/petition.html

Promote this petitionhttp://www.vivariumnovum.net/unesco/provehe.html

OPEM FER NOBIS; HANC PROVOCATIONEM PROVEHE
AIUTACI; PROMUOVI QUESTA PETIZIONE
HELP US PROMOTE THIS PETITION

Paginarum linguarumque tabula:

Præfatio 3

Quid sit “omnium gentium Patrimonium” 4

Anglice – English 6

Italice – Italiano 8

Latine 10

Græce – Ἑλληνιστί 12

Hispanice – Español 14

Gallice – Français 16

Germanice – Deutsch 18

Lusitanice – Português 20

Conclusio 22

Ex Italico sermone hoc documentum converterunt in:

Anglicum: Carolus Bettendorf

Latinum: Ignatius Armella Chávez

Graecum: Gerardus Guzmán Ramírez

Hispanicum: Ignatius Armella Chávez

Gallicum: Lucas Lucchi

Germanicum: Christianus Kupfer – Iulia Brandes

Lusitanicum: Michael Monteiro Sena

In paginas digessit:

Iulianus Claeys Boúúaert

Romae, in aedibus Academiae Vivarii novi die 11 m. Novembris, a. mmxi unesco@vivariumnovum.net

Præfatio

Fuit olim − et etiamnunc exstat − in universo terrarum orbe quaedam societas hominum, quae, praeter omnia religionis, varietatis, nationis et patriae discrimina, in tradendis notionibus et cultu fovendo communia et superiora agnovit sibi fundamenta.

Quae hominum societas ab iis qui per saecula et aetates eius pars magna fuere, res publica litterarum est appellata; ac sicut omnes res publicae, ex civibus constitit. Civitate vero non modo homines aetate inter sese coniunctos, verum etiam eos, qui hac in vita praecesserant illos, quorumque voces litteris commissae vel sapientium praesentibus vocibus docentium traditae nihilominus audiri poterant pleno iure donavit.

Quae hominum societas ante omnia quasi quendam pontem exstruere voluit quo ad futura perti- neret tempora, neque umquam non magnam adhibuit curam cum in provehendis aetatibus quibus ipsa floruit, tum in providendo posteritati, quacum huius rei publicae cives fraternitatis quodam totius generis humani vinculo iam se connexos atque copulatos esse sentiebant.

Quae hominum societas, linguarum ope continuas fluminis rerum mutationes non subeuntium, regionum et temporum spatia transcendere potuit; attamen periclitatur hodie valde, cum eam in dies subsidia atque auxilia potestatum quae hoc officium suum sentiant, necnon rationes et viae, quibus provehatur et innutriatur penitus deficiant. Periculum igitur est ne, hac recentiore aetate, qua saepe homines nonnisi effrenata lucri cupiditate im- pelluntur aurique sacra fame tantum excitantur, iuniores hoc inaestimabili patrimonio orbentur, quippe quod neque honore alatur, neque usquam vulgo tradatur cola- turque, neque, nisi ab exigua hominum manu peculiarem quandam provinciam singulariter tractantium, quanti sit percipiatur.

Admirati igitur omnium gentium coetum, c.n. UNESCO nondum cultus et communium huius societatis humanae fundamentorum satis hucusque rationem habuisse – quae societas tam multum valuit ad totius orbis humanitatem fovendam, ad notiones et consilia verbis ex- primenda, ad altiorem quandam sapientiam quaerendam – documentum, quod in insequentibus paginis scriptum est, proponere voluimus, ut omnia necessaria fiant ad aliud genus “humani generis patrimonium” agnoscen- dum: illud scilicet, quod totum et universum hominum genus thesaurorum pretiosissimum existimat ac ducit.

There was and still survives in this world a supra-national community, which recognizes a common identity by transmitting the ideas and culture which pertain to its foundations. This community exists above and beyond differences of religion, race, birth, and country.

It has been called by those who have taken part in it over the centuries, a Republic of Letters. Its citizenry consists not only of those living today but also of those who have gone before us and whose earthly voice can still be heard.

This community has built a bridge to the future as well as to the various ages in which it has flourished. Within this community men live in a perfect bond of brotherhood with the whole of humanity which is understood to be a single family.

This community has been able to break down the spatial as well as the temporal barriers which separate us from one another and from the past by the use of immutable languages. Today, however, these languages and the community itself is in dire need of sustenance and promotion. Policy makers no longer support it and new generations of short-sighted and economically pragmatic students are at risk of losing this immense wealth because they have not been inspired by this body of knowledge which today is restricted to a narrow circle of specialists.

It is amazing that UNESCO has not considered also the traditions of such an important community which has so effectively given expression to ideas that pertain to human identity and wisdom. Therefore, we would like to present the following petition, whose contents may be found in the following pages, in order that UNESCO might acknowledge also this community and its languages as part of the “intangible heritage of humanity”. For, it belongs to all humanity without exception and all humanity considers it to be among the most precious of its treasures.

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