Publisher Speaks for Slovaks Books on Central Europe's History Printed Alongside the Latin Texts

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In a back suite of a Wauconda industrial office park, the secrets of the ancient world are being uncovered, the heart of Europe is being given music to sing, and the mind of Adolf Hitler is being put "under a microscope."

Welcome to Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers Inc. It's where Slovak immigrant Ladislaus "Lou" Bolchazy, Ph.D., works at his dream of "trying to humanize the world via the humanities."

Bolchazy-Carducci publishes college and high school Latin textbooks, and produces a self-teaching Latin book and CD-ROM series that's being used extensively by parents who home-school their children. They've also published a Latin version of the Dr. Seuss classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and a Latin version of "The Cat in the Hat" is set for an October release. In the same vein, the company markets a compact disc of Elvis Presley songs sung in Latin. (Tenere me ama, for example, is "Love Me Tender.")

One of the books Bolchazy is most proud of is the company's version of "The Epic of Gilgamesh," a 4,000-year-old story that predates the Bible, Homer and Virgil by centuries.

"Our institutions, our languages, our civilizations are all rooted in Greco-Roman civilizations, and these are rooted in Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations," Bolchazy said. "That's why I'm so interested in the Gilgamesh epic. It's the roots of our roots."

Bolchazy pays homage to his ethnic roots through the Slovak- American International Cultural Foundation based in the same office. …