Pronunciation question: Milton's Areopagitica
Thread poster: Doron Greenspan MITI

Doron Greenspan MITI  Identity Verified
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Jan 18, 2006

I'm about to use a quote from Milton's Areopagitica in a lecture I'm giving.

Can someone enlighten me as to how this work is pronounced? - I mean the "g" in the title, of course.

Thanks, Doron


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Try here:

Pawel Skalinski


Robert Tucker (X)
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Ancient Greek/Classical Latin Jan 18, 2006

Modern American pronunciation of Areopagitic at:

where the pronunciation of the “g” is “dz” using the IPA code.

Ancient Greek and classical Latin would pronounce the “g” (“γ” in Ancient Greek, of course) hard as in “go”, “game”, “good” etc. I would guess that Milton would probably follow this pronunciation.

Interesting article on the stress position at:

Maybe one just doesn't know just how Milton would have pronounced it.


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Thank you Jan 18, 2006

Dear Pawel and Robert,

Many thanks for your replies.

It seems I'll go for the 'modern' pronunciation, and explain to the gentelman (who is bound to come to me after the lecture) that I had to choose between this and the classical hard g.

Btw, my lecture is about book burning and translation, and of course I'm using Milton's famous words:

“Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills Reason itself, kills the
Image of God, as it were in the eye.”

Thanks again, Doron


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