The Blackwell History of the Latin Language / Edition 1

The Blackwell History of the Latin Language / Edition 1

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by James Clackson, Geoffrey Horrocks
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405162090

ISBN-13: 9781405162098

Pub. Date: 11/27/2007

Publisher: Wiley

This text makes use of contemporary work in linguistics to provide up-to-date commentary on the development of Latin, from its prehistoric origins in the Indo-European language family, through the earliest texts, to the creation of the Classical Language of Cicero and Vergil, and examines the impact of the spread of spoken Latin through the Roman Empire.

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    Overview

    This text makes use of contemporary work in linguistics to provide up-to-date commentary on the development of Latin, from its prehistoric origins in the Indo-European language family, through the earliest texts, to the creation of the Classical Language of Cicero and Vergil, and examines the impact of the spread of spoken Latin through the Roman Empire.

    • The first book in English in more than 50 years to provide comprehensive coverage of the history of the Latin language
    • Gives a full account of the transformation of the language in the context of the rise and fall of Ancient Rome
    • Presents up-to-date commentary on the key linguistic issues
    • Makes use of carefully selected texts, many of which have only recently come to light
    • Includes maps and glossary as well as fully translated and annotated sample texts that illustrate the different stages of the language
    • Accessible to readers without a formal knowledge of Latin or linguistics

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    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9781405162098
    Publisher:
    Wiley
    Publication date:
    11/27/2007
    Pages:
    336
    Product dimensions:
    6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

    Table of Contents

    Preface.

    1 Latin and Indo-European.

    2 The Languages of Italy.

    3 The Background to Standardization.

    4 'Old' Latin and its Varieties in the Period c.400—150 BC.

    5 The Road to Standardization: Roman Latin of the Third and Second Centuries BC.

    6 Elite Latin in the Late Republic and Early Empire.

    7 Sub-Elite Latin in the Empire.

    8 Latin in Late Antiquity and Beyond.

    Glossary.

    Appendix: The International Phonetic Alphabet.

    Bibliography of Reference and Other Works.

    Index

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