Latin

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Harvard University Press, Nov 12, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 332 pages
The mother tongue of the Roman Empire and the lingua franca of the West for centuries afterward, Latin survives today primarily in classrooms and texts. Yet this "dead language" is unique in the influence it has exerted across centuries and continents. Juergen Leonhardt offers the story of the first "world language," from antiquity to the present.
 

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Contents

1 Latin as a World Language
1
2 The Language of the Empire
41
3 Europes Latin Millennium
122
4 World Language without a World
245
5 Latin Today
277
Notes
295
References
301
Index
321
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Leonhardt J rgen :

J rgen Leonhardt is Professor of Classical Philology at the University of T bingen.

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