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Can you name the languages spoken/known by T.E. Lawrence?
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Seven Pillars of Wisdom
T.E. Lawrence was an archeologist whose service to the British armed forces during World War I served as the basis for his book, 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom' and for the movie, 'Lawrence of Arabia.'
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May 20th, 2011 at 00:56 GMT
Great quiz for such great movie.
May 21st, 2011 at 17:32 GMT
@ Raynard It's not for the movie. Lawrence really existed.
May 22nd, 2011 at 18:50 GMT
Syriac certainly was a suprise. Nice quiz.
May 23rd, 2011 at 11:21 GMT
Would never have guessed Syriac. Surprised Hebrew wasn't one he spoke.
Aug 2nd, 2011 at 19:11 GMT
I'm a bit surprised he didn't speak Persian, given his interest in Middle Eastern culture. Syriac but not Hebrew is also surprising - who'd learn Aramaic before learning Hebrew?
Aug 11th, 2011 at 16:49 GMT
Hebrew was a dead language until the later half of 19th Century when it was 'revived' in Europe so it's not too surprising that Lawrence didn't speak it. I tried Farsi and Kurdish but didn't think of Syriac. Good quiz!
Aug 12th, 2011 at 01:51 GMT
@Riko: Yeah, but the Jews had QUITE a vested interest in Britain winning WWI, so I would have thought he learned it to communicate with some of his men.
Aug 12th, 2011 at 16:18 GMT
Please accept Aramaic for Syriac
Aug 12th, 2011 at 19:13 GMT
My research suggested that while Syriac is related to Aramaic it is a separate language using a separate, albeit derivative, alphabet and that accepting Aramaic would be like accepting German for English (as English is a Germanic language). That being said, I have no particular familiarity with Aramaic or Syriac and would welcome more information on the subject from those in the know.
Aug 14th, 2011 at 21:46 GMT
@Hejman: From what I've heard, Syriac is a bit like an Arabic dialect, only more independent and with more ancient influences. Maybe like Catalan vs. Spanish?
Sep 2nd, 2011 at 17:55 GMT
Having tried farsi, spanish, russian, italian in frustration I had to laugh when it turned out to be Syriac. I never stood a chance :) Anyway - off to look up Syriac (of which I am woefully ignorant).
Game published: Sep 27th, 2011 at 19:03 GMT
Sep 27th, 2011 at 19:30 GMT
I missed Arabic. O____________O
Sep 27th, 2011 at 20:45 GMT
I feel a bit of an o'toole at some of the ones I missed!
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Sep 27th, 2011 at 23:34 GMT
I never really think of Latin as a language since it's not really spoken
Sep 28th, 2011 at 01:13 GMT
would you please say whether it's Ancient Greek or Modern? "Greek" can still be acceptable as an answer, but I'd like to know whether it's a language he "spoke" or "knew".
Sep 28th, 2011 at 06:41 GMT
I'm imagining him saying No Prisoners! in Eight different languages!
Sep 28th, 2011 at 13:51 GMT
@bostonbeliever- It was ancient Greek.
Sep 28th, 2011 at 15:30 GMT
Goddamn it, and here I struggle to learn THREE languages... old-school badassery is always making the rest of us look bad.
Oct 4th, 2011 at 22:37 GMT
What an over-achiever. Still surprised that he spoke all those but not Spanish.
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