The Spread of Latin


‘For some centuries after Rome was founded, the Romans were a feeble and insignificant people, their territory was limited to Latium, and their existence constantly threatened by warlike neighbors. But after the third century before Christ, Rome’s power grew rapidly. She conquered all Italy, then reached out for the lands across the sea and beyond the Alps, and finally ruled over the whole ancient world. The empire thus established lasted for more than four hundred years. The importance of Latin increased with the growth of Roman power, and what had been a dialect spoken by a single tribe became the universal language. Gradually the language changed somewhat, developing differently in different countries. In Italy it has become Italian, in Spain Spanish, and in France French. All these nations, therefore, are speaking a modernized form of Latin.’

– D’Ooge. B.L. 1909. Latin For Beginners Boston, Massachusetts, United States: The Athenaeum Press, Ginn and Company (1911) p. 1-2

3 thoughts on “The Spread of Latin

  1. Shortly after Roger Bannister ran the first 4-minute mile, many people did it, and did it faster. I suspect the Romans didn’t realize the known world could be conquered until they watched Alexander do it. They also took advantage of the crumbling Greek infrastructure, which made it easier than to defeat a stable country, politically unified.

  2. Pingback: Court: Italy should return Venus of Cyrene to Libya | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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