The act of translating a text can sometimes have effects that run much deeper than the agent in charge of performing the may be aware.  All it takes is a cursory look at history to appreciate this fact.

For example, the translation of the into Latin was a major contributing factor to the consolidation of Christianity throughout Europe during the dusk of the Roman Empire and following its fall.  Likewise, the translation of the into various vernacular languages centuries later (such as ’s translation into ) were precipitous of the split in the Church, a historical event known as the .

All in all, translation is by and large an inglorious, unsung affair; but every once in a while there is a translation of such importance, of such weight that the world perceives it as a before-and-after marker.

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