Anders’s archeology blog, called Phluzein, asks the question: What’s with the Aramaic? After referring to a new film, “The Order,” that features a dead priest covered in “religious symbols and Aramaic writing,” he says:
Aramaic seems to be the de facto dead language for media purposes these days. Just recently I saw an episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, in which one of the criminals had written a passage from the bible on the wall of an apartment in Aramaic (which, amazingly, the detective was able to read – Wow! Those New York cops sure are clever!).
Of course, there’s also the controversial Mel Gibson film The Passion, which is filmed in Aramaic and Italian Church Latin (“Eche omo!”)—and remember, you read it here first. So why all the Aramaic? Read his post and the comments thread for suggested answers. And I join in his call for information:
Perhaps someone would be so kind as to inform me of any movies/TV where other dead languages appear. I would be most interested to find out if, for example, Linear A or Luwian ever show up.