Heus - Hello in Latin
Heus is a common greeting in Latin. We present to you some interesting information about Latin.
In case you are one of them who knows Latin and wish to report inconsistencies, please reply to this topic.
Latin is a classical language belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European languages. It was used in Ancient Rome.
Here we will share 10 interesting facts about Latin, the ancestral of the Romance languages:
Classical Latin was used in the 1st century BC and was the official language of the Roman Empire. Short Latin texts are found from about the 5th century BC, and longer ones from about the 3rd century BC.
Latin was the most important language in most of Europe in the Middle Ages. It was taught in many European schools, and all universities used Latin as the teaching language.
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Historical Latin came from the prehistoric language of the Latium region, specifically around the River Tiber, where Roman civilization first developed.
Most of the alphabets of the Latin Language we see today have been derived from the Greek Language, the old italic languages, and Phoenicians.
There were two types of Latin.
- Classical Latin, used by the educated Romans.
- Vulgar Latin, used by the common Romans.
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Many people study Latin in school to understand how society worked in past times and how other languages work, though no one speaks Latin anymore. But if you know Latin then you will easily learn the Romance languages.
Verbally Latin is obsolete, but it is still used in taxonomy to name things technically in the field of medicine and law.
We all use Latin daily unknowingly. For instance, when we say it’s 5 PM or 5 AM, we are actually saying 5 Post Meridiem which means after midday, or 5 Ante Meridiem which means before midday. Both Ante Meridiem and post Meridiem are Latin words.
Latin is considered a dead language because not only people don’t use it as a spoken language but also it cannot be altered and new words cannot be added to the Latin vocabulary.
We would like to say that Latin is not dead. It just converted into the Romance languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian, per se.
Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Latin, let us all know!
@agentcarter Vivat Latinus!
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@mapmakere atque Linus! (Van Pelt)