4

I am giving a presentation on women in Rome, and one of my chosen women is named Servilia, the mother of Brutus.

I was curious how to pronounce her name, as I know Romans used the letter 'v' to signify a 'u' type sound (as in Julius) as well as to signify a 'v' type sound (as in victory).

Any ideas on this?

Thank you all very much!

  • 5
    Do you want to know how she would have pronounced it, or how English-speakers pronounce it nowadays? The two are quite different. – Draconis Oct 8 '17 at 2:24
4

The name Servilia would be pronounced Sair-wee-lee-ah, with the stress on the third to last syllable, in Classical Latin. However, in Anglicized versions of Latin names, you see a few changes. In this case, the above would become Sihr-vih-lee-yah. Please see this Wikipedia article on more general pronunciation of Latin, and this one on the pronunciation of Latin words in English.


The reason I used the method I did for pronunciation is that the traditional IPA method can be confusing to those who are not familiar with it. Dictionary.com does a similar thing for all of its definitions, so there is a basis for this method, at the minimum.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.