By Tore Janson
No identified language, together with English, has accomplished the luck and toughness of Latin. French, Spanish, Italian, and Romanian are between its direct descendants, and numerous Latin phrases and words include the cornerstone of English itself. A ordinary heritage or Latin tells its heritage from its origins over 2500 years in the past to the current. Brilliantly conceived, popularizing yet authoritative, and written with the fluency and light-weight contact that experience made Tore Janson's converse so beautiful to tens of hundreds of thousands of readers, it's a masterpiece of adroit synthesis. The e-book commences with an outline of the origins, emergence, and dominance of Latin over the Classical interval. Then follows an account of its survival throughout the center a while into glossy occasions, with emphasis on its evolution through the background, tradition, and non secular practices of Medieval Europe. through really appropriate citation of Latin phrases, words, and texts the writer illustrates how the written and spoken language replaced, zone by way of zone through the years; the way it met resistance from local languages; and the way accordingly a few whole languages disappeared. Janson deals a vibrant demonstration of the worth of Latin as a way of entry to a colourful prior and a persuasive argument for its persevered worthy. A concise and easy-to-understand advent to Latin grammar and an inventory of the main common Latin phrases, together with 500 idioms and words nonetheless in universal use, supplement the paintings.
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Second’, and ‘third’. The word for language is lingua and lingua nostra means ‘our language’. Appellantur ‘they are called’ reminds us of the French verb appeler ‘to call’. 36 Latin and the Romans Many others came after Sallust and Caesar. One of the bestknown is Livy, who lived around the time of the birth of Christ and devoted his whole life to writing a complete history of Rome from 753 bce, the year of the city’s foundation, until 9 bce. This work is called Ab urbe cóndita ‘From the foundation of the city’.
Whoever had been given the power to command by the Senate, usually for a year or for the duration of a particular military undertaking, had imperium and was called imperator. What Augustus introduced was the principle that he always had the highest power, summum imperium, and therefore was always imperator. Of course, that also meant that he was always able to get his own way, by force if necessary, throughout the whole territory in which his authority ran. Hence this territory was also called imperium, from which comes our modern word empire.
Later one of his nephews became emperor. His name was Tiberius Claudius Drusus, but he was always called Claudius. In principle one could be known by any one of the three names. 41 A natural history of Latin Years and months The Romans had a way of reckoning time which continues to be of interest, as we mainly still use their system and have kept their names of the months. The oldest Roman calendar was already introduced at the time of the monarchy, and the inspiration probably came from the Etruscans.
A Natural History of Latin by Tore Janson