A Companion to the Latin Language by James Clackson

By James Clackson

A spouse to the Latin Language offers a set of unique essays from foreign students that music the advance and use of the Latin language from its origins to its modern-day usage.

  • Brings jointly contributions from across the world well known classicists, linguists and Latin language specialists
  • Offers, in one quantity, an in depth account of alternative literary registers of the Latin language
  • Explores the social and political contexts of Latin
  • Includes new money owed of the Latin language in mild of contemporary linguistic theory
  • Supplemented with illustrations masking the advance of the Latin alphabet
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550–400 c. 500–480 c. 560–450 c. 550–300 c. 600–500 c. 500–450 c. 2917a * For the dates assigned to these inscriptions see Hartmann (2005). 3). Reproduced by permission of The Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University. exchange, and to serve other modest and mundane economic functions, but we have no evidence to support this idea. If the oldest documents in Latin were of such a nature, they were written on perishable material and have not survived. 1). Reproduced by permission of The Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University.

The following are examples of two co-ordinate clauses set off by interpuncts: · NON V. TV. N. Vindol. 164). The features of punctuation described above are found also in ostraca from Wâdi Fawâkir, a Roman military outpost in the eastern Egyptian desert. 63 Abbreviations One of the most notable features of Latin writing from the third century BCE on is the frequency of the abbreviations. g. COS = consul, IIVIR = duumuir, IMP = imperator. , Q PETRONI = Q(uintus) Petroni(us). These abbreviations were devised in order to save space and labor, and therefore expense.

Drawing by Brigette McKenna. Reproduced by permission of Rex E. Wallace, University of Massachusetts Amherst. abecedarium. He placed G in the position held earlier by Z presumably because it (Z) was a “dead” letter. 36 When these letters were incorporated into the alphabetic series, they were placed at the end following the letter X. The last alphabetic reform – though ultimately unsuccessful – was made by the Emperor Claudius (41–54 CE). He introduced three new letters. 37 (reversed, upside-down digamma) stood for the semivowel /w/; ⊢ was used in place of the letter ypsilon in Greek names.

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