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History of Latin

History | 8-14 yrs | Video, Animation

Origin of the Latin Language

Latin is an Italic language which originated in the Italian peninsula, and was originally spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome located along the Mediterranean Sea.

  • Similar to most European languages, Latin is a descendant of the ancient Proto-Indo-European language. Although it is considered a dead language, a number of scholars and members of the church speak it fluently, and many schools and universities continue to teach it.
  • Latin is used even now in the creation of new words in modern languages, including English. Latin vocabulary is used in science, academia, and law.
  • A standard, more literate form gained popularity through speeches by the educated during the later stages in the Roman Republic which is now referred to as Classical Latin. Classical Latin however slowly changed with the decline of the Roman empire, as education and wealth became ever scarcer.
  • In terms of vocabulary, Latin has a tendency to preserve the original forms of many Indo-European roots. Languages such as Sanskrit, however, tend to be more conservative with regards to grammar.