Ad Infinitum

Ad Infinitum

A Biography of Latin

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The Latin language has been the one constant in the cultural history of the West for more than two millennia. It has been the foundation of our education, and has defined the way in which we express our thoughts, our faith, and our knowledge of how the world functions. Indeed, the language has proved far more enduring than its empire in Rome, its use echoing on in the law codes of half the world, in the terminologies of modern science, and until forty years ago, in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. It is the unseen substance that makes us members of the Western world. In his erudite and entertaining "biography," Nicholas Ostler shows how and why (against the odds, through conquest from within and without) Latin survived and thrived even as its creators and other languages failed. Originally the dialect of Rome and its surrounds, Latin supplanted its neighbors to become, by conquest and settlement, the language of all Italy, and then of Western Europe and North Africa. Its...
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co, 2007.
ISBN: 9780802715159
080271515X
Call Number: 470.9 OSTLER
Characteristics: xvii, 382 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Subjects: Latin language -- History.

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annsum
Mar 15, 2013

For anyone interested in etymology, Latin, Greek, and the history of those languages-I'd say a must for anyone teaching or learning Latin who is unfamiliar with its history. The only con is that reader must be willing to wade through dense material and vast fields of footnotes. Some of best-researched material I've seen.

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toddschirm
Feb 22, 2011

I learned more from this book about pertinent history than I did by taking the small amount of history I was required to take in college to get my BS in chemistry.This book is a history classic already.

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Mar 15, 2013

For anyone interested in etymology, Latin, Greek, and the history of those languages-I'd say a must for anyone teaching or learning Latin who is unfamiliar with its history. The only con is that reader must be willing to wade through dense material and vast fields of footnotes. Some of best-researched material I've seen.

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