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By Nicholas Ostler

ISBN-10: 0802716792

ISBN-13: 9780802716798

“An soaking up, scholarly account of the historical past of the Latin language, from its origins in antiquity to its afterlife in our personal time...Ad Infinitum treats its readers with the honour of Roman citizens.”—The Wall road Journal

The Latin language has been the single consistent within the cultural historical past of the West for greater than millennia. It has outlined the way we exhibit our suggestions, our religion, and our wisdom of ways the realm features, its use echoing on within the legislations codes of part the realm, within the terminologies of recent technology, and, till 40 years in the past, within the liturgy of the Catholic Church. In his erudite and pleasing “biography,” Nicholas Ostler indicates how and why Latin survived and thrived while its creators and different languages failed. initially the dialect of Rome and its surrounds, Latin supplanted its pals to turn into, by means of conquest and payment, the language of all Italy, after which of Western Europe and North Africa. After the empire collapsed, spoken Latin re-emerged as a number of recent languages, from Portuguese and Spanish within the west to Romanian within the east, whereas a data of Latin lived on because the universal code of ecu idea, and encouraged the founders of Europe’s New global within the Americas. E pluribus unum. Illuminating the extravaganza of its previous, Nicholas Ostler makes transparent that, in 1000 echoes, Latin lives on, endlessly.

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