By James Clackson

ISBN-10: 1405186054

ISBN-13: 9781405186056

A significant other to the Latin Language offers a set of unique essays from overseas students that tune the improvement and use of the Latin language from its origins to its modern-day usage.

  • Brings jointly contributions from the world over popular classicists, linguists and Latin language specialists
  • Offers, in one quantity, an in depth account of other literary registers of the Latin language
  • Explores the social and political contexts of Latin
  • Includes new debts of the Latin language in mild of recent linguistic theory
  • Supplemented with illustrations overlaying the improvement of the Latin alphabet
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68 The Latin text was written with the letter san (transcribed as ś) appropriated from the Lugano alphabet. 69 During the height of Roman imperium Latin was spoken and – more importantly for our purposes – written in Europe, southern Britain, Northern Africa, the Balkan region as far south as Greece, and portions of the Middle East. The results of the spread of the Latin alphabet are with us today in the form of the script used to compose the chapters that make up this volume. FURTHER READING The transmission of the Euboean Greek alphabet to Etruscans in Italy is discussed in Cristofani (1972) and (1978b).

Reproduced from La Collezione epigrafica del Museo Nazionale Romano alle Terme di Diocleziano (Milan, 2001) by permission of the publishers, Mondadori Electa. inscription in a circle around the side of the pedestal, but O in the form of a dot is unique in Latin. Interestingly, it resembles the form of the O on South Picene inscriptions. Inverted V and L are also found in South Picene. 48 By the beginning of the fifth century BCE some of the variation in Very Old Latin letterforms was eliminated, perhaps signaling a growing independence from Etruscan writing practices.

44 Another strategy for indicating vowel length, the apex, appeared at the end of the Old Latin period. The apex was a diacritic mark of varying shapes – sometimes an acute bar, sometimes a hook – placed over the vowel sign. g. ” On occasion the letter was employed to mark vocalic hiatus. 2093). Some Old Latin orthographic practices continued to be used sporadically during the Classical period and beyond. 3884). , GESTÁRVUM, (Res Gestae, preamble), AHENEIS (Res Gestae, preamble), EXPVLI (Res Gestae 2), EMERITEIS (Res Gestae 16).

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