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By James Clackson

A better half to the Latin Language provides a suite of unique essays from overseas students that song 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 gentle of contemporary linguistic theory
  • Supplemented with illustrations protecting the improvement of the Latin alphabet
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For the forms of letters, I use an archaic Latin font. Words in native Italic alphabets are printed in bold. Faliscan words are cited from Giacomelli (1963); Sabellic words are cited from ST; and Etruscan words are cited from ET. 2 For a short but informative survey of fate of the Latin alphabet after the collapse of Roman imperium see Sampson (1985) 110–119. 3 See Weiss (2009) 30 and nn. 36 and 37. 4 Ridgway (1992). 5 Bartoněk and Buchner (1995) 204–205 and Watkins (1995a) 38–42. 6 Bietti Sestieri and De Santis ((2000) 53) describe the burial in detail.

Their owners to the grave. The other two seventh-century pieces were incised on ceramic and were also part of the burial cache of their owners. 24 Incised objects were often exchanged as gifts for the purpose of cementing social ties, military pacts, and trade alliances. It is conceivable that interpersonal relationships of this sort could have facilitated the acquisition and diffusion of writing. But even if the transmission of writing had its origin in contacts between elite Etruscan and Latin speakers, it was soon used in the public arena.

The letters in the table illustrate some of the diversity of form at this early period. 7). The letters V and L were written upside down. The letter O has the form of a smallish dot. The letter P is like no other in the corpus. It has a snail-like appearance; the vertical bar is missing entirely. 358). Reproduced from La Collezione epigrafica del Museo Nazionale Romano alle Terme di Diocleziano (Milan, 2001) by permission of the publishers, Mondadori Electa. inscription in a circle around the side of the pedestal, but O in the form of a dot is unique in Latin.

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