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A natural history of Latin

Author: Tore Janson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tells the history of Latin from its origins. This book offers persuasive arguments for its value and gives access to its fascinating worlds. It describes how Latin spread through the classical world,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tore Janson
ISBN: 9780199214051 0199214050
OCLC Number: 871041205
Language Note: Translated from the Swedish.
Notes: "First published in paperback 2006."
Translation of: Latin : kulturen, historien, språket. Stockholm : Wahlström and Widstrand, 2002.
This translation originally published: 2004.
"The story of the world's most successful language"--Cover.
Description: x, 305 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Part I Latin and the Romans --
Lingua latina: a first acquaintance 3 --
The earliest period of Rome 6 --
How Latin became Latin 9 --
From small town to great power 12 --
How bad were the Romans? 14 --
A voice from early Rome 17 --
The meeting with Greece 19 --
Theatre for the people 21 --
The age of revolutions 23 --
Writing, reading, listening, and speaking 26 --
Speeches, politics, and trials 29 --
Cicero and rhetoric 31 --
The language of history 34 --
Imperium romanum: Augustus and the Roman empire 37 --
Name and family 39 --
Years and months 42 --
Latin becomes the language of Europe 44 --
Poetry and poets 47 --
Philosophy: Lucretius, Cicero, Seneca 57 --
The schools and Quintilian 61 --
The sciences 63 --
Everyday language 65 --
Laws and legal language 70 --
Tacitus, the emperors, and Britain 73 --
Christianity: from dangerous sect to state religion 76 --
Part II Latin and Europe --
Europe after Rome 85 --
From Latin to the Romance languages 87 --
Missionaries, Latin, and foreign languages 93 --
Latin in Britain 96 --
Latin in schools 100 --
Speaking and spelling 107 --
Books and scribes 115 --
Saints and heretics 122 --
The guardians of the heritage 127 --
Poetry after antiquity 131 --
Abelard and Heloise 137 --
The thinkers 141 --
The Renaissance 145 --
Doctors and their language 148 --
Linnaeus and Latin 152 --
Physicists, chemists, and others 156 --
Alchemy, witchraft, and Harry Potter 160 --
Loanwords and neologisms 164 --
Latin and German 168 --
Latin and French 170 --
Latin and English 172 --
Latin and us 174 --
Part III About the Grammar --
Pronunciation and stress 179 --
Sentences, verbs, and nouns 182 --
Words and word classes 183 --
Nouns 184 --
Adjectives 191 --
Pronouns 194 --
The forms of the verb 197 --
Amandi and Amanda 209 --
How words are formed 211 --
Part IV Basic Vocabulary 217 --
Part V Common Phrases and Expressions 271.
Other Titles: Latin.
Responsibility: Tore Janson ; translated and adapted into English by Merethe Damsgård Sørensen and Nigel Vincent.

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