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grammar, grammarians, Latin  

R. A. Kaster

Online publication date:
Dec 2015
The Romans came to study their own language only late, under the impulse of Hellenistic philosophy; the Greek influence was permanent and is clearly indicated by the calques that constitute much of ... More

Terentius Varro, Marcus  

Robert A. Kaster

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Mar 2016
Varro (according to Petrarch) was “the third great light of Rome”—after Vergil and Cicero—and certainly Rome's greatest scholar. Though the great bulk of his work survives only in ... More

Vulgar Latin  

Roger Wright

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Apr 2018
The language of the Roman Empire, spoken and written, was Latin. Like all languages spoken over a wide area for a long time, it varied greatly. Since the arrival of sociolinguistics in the 1960s, it ... More