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grammar, grammarians, Latin

R. A. Kaster.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online December 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 1015 words.

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...

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Terentius Varro, Marcus

Robert A. Kaster.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 1777 words.

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...

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Vulgar Latin

Roger Wright.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online April 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 3487 words.

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...

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