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A Natural History of Latin

Tore Janson

January 2007

ISBN: 9780199214051

320 pages
Paperback
216x138mm

In Stock

Price: £8.99

Tore Janson tells the history of Latin from origins to present. He offers persuasive arguments for its value and gives direct access to its fascinating worlds, past and present. He describes how Latin spread through the classical world, its renewed importance in the Middle Ages, and its survival into modern times. He shows how spoken and written Latin evolved in different places and its central role in European history and culture. Brilliantly conceived and written with the same light touch as the author's bestselling history of languages, this book is a masterpiece of adroit synthesis.

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Tore Janson tells the history of Latin from origins to present. He offers persuasive arguments for its value and gives direct access to its fascinating worlds, past and present. He describes how Latin spread through the classical world, its renewed importance in the Middle Ages, and its survival into modern times. He shows how spoken and written Latin evolved in different places and its central role in European history and culture. Brilliantly conceived and written with the same light touch as the author's bestselling history of languages, this book is a masterpiece of adroit synthesis.

  • First popular history of the world's most influential language
  • Accessible and entertaining

About the Author(s)

Tore Janson, Emeritus Professor of Latin, University of Göteborg

Table of Contents

    Part I Latin and the Romans
    1:Lingua latina: a first acquaintance
    2:The earliest period of Rome
    3:How Latin became Latin
    4:From small town to great power
    5:How bad were the Romans?
    6:A voice from early Rome
    7:The meeting with Greece
    8:Theatre for the people
    9:The age of revolutions
    10:Writing, reading, listening, and speaking
    11:Speeches, politics, and lawsuits
    12:Cicero and rhetoric
    13:The language of history
    14:Imperium romanum: Augustus and the Roman Empire
    15:Name and family
    16:Years and months
    17:Latin becomes the language of Europe
    18:Poets and poetry
    19:Philosophy: Lucretius, Cicero, Seneca
    20:The Schools and Quintilian
    21:The sciences
    22:Everyday language
    23:Laws and legal language
    24:Tacitus, the emperors, and Britain
    25:Christianity: from dangerous sect to state religion
    Part II Latin and Europe
    26:Europe after Rome
    27:From Latin to the Romance languages
    28:Missionaries, Latin, and foreign languages
    29:Latin in Britain
    30:Latin in schools
    31:Speaking and spelling
    32:Books and scribes
    33:Saints and heretics
    34:The guardians of the heritage
    35:Poetry after antiquity
    36:Abelard and Heloise
    37:The thinkers
    38:The Renaissance
    39:Doctors and their language
    40:Linnaeus and Latin
    41:Physicists, chemists, and others
    42:Alchemy, witchcraft, and Harry Potter
    43:Loanwords and neologisms
    44:Latin and German
    45:Latin and French
    46:Latin and English
    47:Latin and us
    Part III About the Grammar
    48:Introduction
    49:Pronunciation and stress
    50:Sentences, verbs and nouns
    51:Words and word classes
    52:Nouns
    53:Adjectives
    54:Pronouns
    55:THe forms of the verb
    56:Amandi and amanda
    57:How words are formed
    Glossary of words and expressions
    Part IV Basic Vocabulary
    Part V Common Phrases and Expressions
    Suggested reading
    Index

Reviews

Review from previous edition Natural History of Latin is an authoritative introduction to arguably the most influential language of all time. Chicago Tribune -

This always readable book is full of interest. The Scotsman -

It is hard to imagine how this book could be improved... From now on, if anyone who has never studied Latin askes me to recommend a short, readable book in which they can find out about the history of Latin and get a feel for the grammar, I will be able to answer unhesitatingly. Linguist List -