A Natural History of Latin

A Natural History of Latin

Tore Janson


No identified language, together with English, has completed the luck and toughness of Latin. French, Spanish, Italian, and Romanian are between its direct descendants, and numerous Latin phrases and words contain the cornerstone of English itself. A ordinary heritage or Latin tells its background from its origins over 2500 years in the past to the current. Brilliantly conceived, popularizing yet authoritative, and written with the fluency and light-weight contact that experience made Tore Janson's Speak so appealing to tens of millions of readers, it's a masterpiece of adroit synthesis.

The booklet commences with an outline of the origins, emergence, and dominance of Latin over the Classical interval. Then follows an account of its survival in the course of the heart a long time into sleek occasions, with emphasis on its evolution during the historical past, tradition, and non secular practices of Medieval Europe. via sensible citation of Latin phrases, words, and texts the writer illustrates how the written and spoken language replaced, sector by way of sector over the years; the way it met resistance from local languages; and the way for this reason a few whole languages disappeared. Janson deals a shiny demonstration of the price of Latin as a way of entry to a colourful earlier and a persuasive argument for its persisted worthy. A concise and easy-to-understand creation to Latin grammar and a listing of the main widespread Latin phrases, together with 500 idioms and words nonetheless in universal use, supplement the work.

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