A Natural History Of Latin

Paperback | February 15, 2007

byTore Janson

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Beginning in Rome around 600 BC, Latin became the language of the civilized world and remained so for more than two millennia. French, Spanish, Italian, and Romanian are among its progeny and it provides the international vocabulary of law and life science. No known language, including English- itself enriched by Latin words and phrases - has achieved such success and longevity. Tore Janson tells its history from origins to present. Brilliantly conceived and written with the same light touch as his bestselling history of languages, A Natural History of Latin is a masterpiece of adroitsynthesis.The author charts the expansion of Latin in the classical world, its renewed importance in the Middle Ages, and its survival into modern times. He shows how spoken and written Latin evolved in different places and its central role in European history and culture. He ends with a concise Latin grammarand lists of Latin words and phrases still in common use.Considered elitist and irrelevant in the second half of the twentieth century and often even banned from schools, Latin is now enjoying a huge revival of interest across Europe, the UK, and the USA. Tore Janson offers persuasive arguments for its value and gives direct access to its fascinatingworlds, past and present.

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Beginning in Rome around 600 BC, Latin became the language of the civilized world and remained so for more than two millennia. French, Spanish, Italian, and Romanian are among its progeny and it provides the international vocabulary of law and life science. No known language, including English- itself enriched by Latin words and phrase...

Tore Janson was Professor successively of Latin and African Languages at the University of Goteborg and is a world expert on the history of Languages. His books include A Short History of Languages (OUP 2002; hardback edition 2007).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:February 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214050

ISBN - 13:9780199214051

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Table of Contents

Part I Latin and the Romans1. Lingua latina: a first acquaintance2. The earliest period of Rome3. How Latin became Latin4. From small town to great power5. How bad were the Romans?6. A voice from early Rome7. The meeting with Greece8. Theatre for the people9. The age of revolutions10. Writing, reading, listening, and speaking11. Speeches, politics, and lawsuits12. Cicero and rhetoric13. The language of history14. Imperium romanum: Augustus and the Roman Empire15. Name and family16. Years and months17. Latin becomes the language of Europe18. Poets and poetry19. Philosophy: Lucretius, Cicero, Seneca20. The Schools and Quintilian21. The sciences22. Everyday language23. Laws and legal language24. Tacitus, the emperors, and Britain25. Christianity: from dangerous sect to state religionPart II Latin and Europe26. Europe after Rome27. From Latin to the Romance languages28. Missionaries, Latin, and foreign languages29. Latin in Britain30. Latin in schools31. Speaking and spelling32. Books and scribes33. Saints and heretics34. The guardians of the heritage35. Poetry after antiquity36. Abelard and Heloise37. The thinkers38. The Renaissance39. Doctors and their language40. Linnaeus and Latin41. Physicists, chemists, and others42. Alchemy, witchcraft, and Harry Potter43. Loanwords and neologisms44. Latin and German45. Latin and French46. Latin and English47. Latin and usPart III About the Grammar48. Introduction49. Pronunciation and stress50. Sentences, verbs and nouns51. Words and word classes52. Nouns53. Adjectives54. Pronouns55. THe forms of the verb56. Amandi and amanda57. How words are formedGlossary of words and expressionsPart IV Basic VocabularyPart V Common Phrases and ExpressionsSuggested readingIndex

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It is hard to imagine how this book could be improved... From now on, if anyone who has never studied Latin askes me to recommend a short, readable book in which they can find out about the history of Latin and get a feel for the grammar, I will be able to answer unhesitatingly. LinguistList