Natural History of Latin

ISBN-10: 0199214050
ISBN-13: 9780199214051
Edition: 2007
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Description: No known language, including English, has achieved the success and longevity of Latin. French, Spanish, Italian, and Romanian are among its direct descendants, and countless Latin words and phrases comprise the cornerstone of English itself. A  More...

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

No known language, including English, has achieved the success and longevity of Latin. French, Spanish, Italian, and Romanian are among its direct descendants, and countless Latin words and phrases comprise the cornerstone of English itself. A Natural History or Latin tells its history from its origins over 2500 years ago to the present. Brilliantly conceived, popularizing but authoritative, and written with the fluency and light touch that have made Tore Janson's Speak so attractive to tens of thousands of readers, it is a masterpiece of adroit synthesis. The book commences with a description of the origins, emergence, and dominance of Latin over the Classical period. Then follows an account of its survival through the Middle Ages into modern times, with emphasis on its evolution throughout the history, culture, and religious practices of Medieval Europe. By judicious quotation of Latin words, phrases, and texts the author illustrates how the written and spoken language changed, region by region over time; how it met resistance from native languages; and how therefore some entire languages disappeared. Janson offers a vivid demonstration of the value of Latin as a means of access to a vibrant past and a persuasive argument for its continued worth. A concise and easy-to-understand introduction to Latin grammar and a list of the most frequent Latin words, including 500 idioms and phrases still in common use, complement the work.

Vincent has held the Mont Follick Chair of Comparative Philology in the University of Manchester since 1987.

Foreword
Latin and the Romans
Lingua latina: a first acquaintance
The earliest period of Rome
How Latin became Latin
From small town to great power
How bad were the Romans?
A voice from early Rome
The meeting with Greece
Theatre for the people
The age of revolutions
Writing, reading, listening, and speaking
Speeches, politics, and trials
Cicero and rhetoric
The language of history
Imperium romanum: Augustus and the Roman empire
Name and family
Years and months
Latin becomes the language of Europe
Poetry and poets
Philosophy: Lucretius, Cicero, Seneca
The schools and Quintilian
The sciences
Everyday language
Laws and legal language
Tacitus, the emperors, and Britain
Christianity: from dangerous sect to state religion
Latin and Europe
Europe after Rome
From Latin to the Romance languages
Missionaries, Latin, and foreign languages
Latin in Britain
Latin in schools
Speaking and spelling
Books and scribes
Saints and heretics
The guardians of the heritage
Poetry after antiquity
Abelard and Heloise
The thinkers
The Renaissance
Doctors and their language
Linnaeus and Latin
Physicists, chemists, and others
Alchemy, witchcraft, and Harry Potter
Loanwords and neologisms
Latin and German
Latin and French
Latin and English
Latin and us
About the Grammar
Introduction
Pronunciation and stress
Sentences, verbs, and nouns
Words and word classes
Nouns
Adjectives
Pronouns
The forms of the verb
Amandi and Amanda
How words are formed
Basic Vocabulary
Common Phrases and Expressions
Suggested reading
Index

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