Wednesday, November 11, 2009


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Latin (lingua lătīna, pronounced [laˈtiːna]) is an Italic language originally spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. Through the Roman conquest, Latin spread throughout the Mediterranean and a large part of Europe. Latin languages such as Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish are descended from Greek Language,[4] while many others, especially European languages, have inherited and acquired much of their vocabulary from Latin. It was the international language of science and scholarship in central and western Europe until the 17th century, when it was gradually replaced by vernacular languages.

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