Month: June 2022

How long does it take to learn Latin?

How long does it take to learn Latin?

This article will help you answer that question. It will provide you with all the information you need to learn Latin, for example how hard it is to learn, what are some of the best tools to use and what are some of the best books on learning Latin. Latin is a language that can […]

Why is Latin a dying language?

Latin essentially “died out” with the fall of the Roman Empire, but in reality, it transformed — first into a simplified version of itself called Vulgar Latin, and then gradually into the Romance languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian. Thus, Classical Latin fell out of use. Why did we stop speaking Latin? To oversimplify […]

The World’s First Newspaper: Rome’s Acta Diurna

The World’s First Newspaper: Rome’s Acta Diurna

The term “newspaper” is an antiquated word, but it has a very specific origin. In Rome, during the reign of Augustus Caesar (27 BC – 14 AD), there existed a program called Acta Diurna or Daily Events. This was the world’s first newspaper. It consisted of summaries and reports from around the Roman Empire. The acta were not published every day; sometimes they appeared once or twice per week and at other times as much as four times per day when news was current and urgent!

Where did Latin originate from?

Originally spoken by small groups of people living along the lower Tiber River, Latin spread with the increase of Roman political power, first throughout Italy and then throughout most of western and southern Europe and the central and western Mediterranean coastal regions of Africa. Is Latin derived from Greek? Did Latin originate from Greek? Also […]

What language did the Romans actually speak?

Latin was used throughout the Roman Empire, but it shared space with a host of other languages and dialects, including Greek, Oscan and Etruscan, which give us a unique perspective on the ancient world. Did Romans speak Latin or Italian? Latin was the original language of the Romans and remained the language of imperial administration, […]

How many dead languages are there?

Known Extinct Languages. Currently, there are 573 known extinct languages. These are languages that are no longer spoken or studied. Many were local dialects with no records of their alphabet or wording, and so are forever lost. What language is considered dead? In linguistics, a dead language is (usually) defined as a language that some […]

Is English Latin or Romance?

Although English has borrowed a lot of words from Latin, it is not a Romance language. Having developed from the mix between the dialects and vocabulary of Germanic peoples (Angles, Saxons, and Jutes) who settled in Britain in the 5th century CE, English is considered a West Germanic language. What are the 5 popular Romance […]

How do you use esse in Latin?

How do you conjugate esse? What is the form of Esse in Latin? From Corsican esse, from Latin esse, present infinitive of sum (“I am”). What are the 4 Latin conjugations? Modern grammarians generally recognise four conjugations, according to whether their active present infinitive has the ending -āre, -ēre, -ere, or -īre (or the corresponding […]

Where did Latin originate from?

Originally spoken by small groups of people living along the lower Tiber River, Latin spread with the increase of Roman political power, first throughout Italy and then throughout most of western and southern Europe and the central and western Mediterranean coastal regions of Africa. When did the Latin language originate? To put it briefly — […]

What are the 13 Romance languages?

The full list of Romance languages is pretty long: Aragonese, Aromanian, Asturian, Arpitan, Catalan, Corsican, Emilian, Extremaduran, Fala, French, Cajun French, Friulian, Galician, Istriot, Italian, Jèrriais, Judeo-Italian, Ladin, Ladino, Ligurian, Lombard, Minderico, Mirandese, Napoletano-Calabrese, Occitan, Picard, … What are 7 Romance languages? The Romance languages are a group of related languages all derived from Vulgar […]