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Contains information about the language, the alphabet, the location of Latium region, the meaning of Latin, the change over centuries and the Golden Age of Roman Letters.

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  1. 1. LATIN LANGUAGE What is Latin?
  2. 2. WHAT IS LATIN? • Latin (lingua latīna) is a classical language belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo- European languages. • The Latin alphabet is derived from the Etruscan and Greek alphabets, and ultimately from the Phoenician alphabet.
  3. 3. LATIUM • If you will look at the map of Italy you will find near the middle of the peninsula and facing the west coast a district called Latium, and Rome its capital. • Latium Pronounciation: Lā´shĭ-ŭm
  4. 4. MEANING The Latin language, meaning the language of Latium, was spoken by the ancient Romans and other inhabitants of Latium. Latin was the name applied to it after the armies of Rome had carried the knowledge of her language far beyond its original boundaries.
  5. 5. CHANGE As the English of to-day is not quite the same as that spoken two or three hundred years ago, so Latin was not always the same at all times, but changed more or less in the course of centuries.
  6. 6. THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROMAN LETTERS • The sort of Latin you are going to learn was in use about 2000 years ago. • The period has been selected because the language was then at its best and the greatest works of Roman literature were being produced. • This period, because of its supreme excellence, is called the Golden Age of Roman letters.