Regnet Pax Omnem Per Terram

This morning’s Sewanee Elementary School assembly was a real treat–this year’s petition for peace for the Peace Pole was in Latin: “Regnet Pax Omnem Per Terram.” To prepare, Kathryn Gotko Bruce had the 4th grade students do some study on ancient Rome. You can see some of the posters of their work lining the hallway (ancient gender relations seem to have especially surprised the kids–about Roman men, one student wrote “They’re Evil!”). After the petition was read, 5th graders performed “Dona Nobis Pacem.” Jim Turrell and I had discussed whether they would use classical or church pronunciation, and in an ecumenical spirit, they used both!

About Uncomely and Broken

I am a classicist in Sewanee, Tennessee.
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1 Response to Regnet Pax Omnem Per Terram

  1. timtrue says:

    Love it! Especially fun is trying to imagine which of the three words was classical and which ecclesiastical; or was it a mixture? paw-chem, patch-em, pah-kem? Sung in a round, we could assign one pronunciation to each!

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