Рецензия на книгу: Малинаускене Н.К. Классические языки в высшей школе. М., Изд. Сретенского монастыря, 2012. – 272 с.
The paper examines the notions 'animate' and 'inanimate' which are often used in Latin textbooks in order to explain prepositional or nonpreposotional use of the ablative case of the nouns in the function of 'Ablativus auctoris' or 'Ablativus instrumenti/causae/rei efficientis' with passive verbs. I conclude that the 'animacy' of nouns in Latin is less regularly expressed by grammatical means and less stable than in Russian and should be considered a semantic category rather than a formal grammatical category.