HISTORY OF LATIN LANGUAGE
• The name Latin derives from the Italic tribal group named Latini that
settled around the 10th century BC in Latium, and the dialect spoken by
• Latin is a member of the broad family of Italic languages. Its alphabet,
the Latin alphabet, emerged from the Old Italic alphabets, which in turn
were derived from the Greek and Phoenician scripts. Historical Latin
came from the prehistoric language of the Latium region, specifically
around the River Tiber, where Roman civilization first developed.
HISTORY OF LATIN LANGUAGE(LINGUA
• The Roman Empire was widely spread and thousands of peoples were under its stranglehold.
Consequently the conquered territories were forced to learn the Roman language, namely
• Latin was used throughout the empire as the language of law, administration and increasingly
as the language of everyday life. Literacy was common among Roman citizens and the works of
great Latin authors were read by many.
• The earliest known inscriptions in Latin date from the 6th century BC and were written using
an alphabet adapted from the Etruscan alphabet.
STYLES OF LATIN LANGUAGE
• Old Latin
: 3rd century BC in the time of Marcus Tullius Cicero
• Classical Latin (prime Latin) : late Roman Republic and the early to middle Roman Empire
: during that portion of the Post-Classical period when no
corresponding Latin vernacular existed.
• Modern ...