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5.0 out of 5 stars Opus optimum, 24 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin (Paperback)
This is an excellent work, packed with information and insight, and a far better treatment of the subject that Tore Janson's 'A Natural History of Latin', which is something of a pot pourri.
There is an impressive grasp of history and linguistics in the scholarship here, which is lightly worn, so this book should appeal not only to that rather specialised circle of classicists but also to historians of the Middle Ages and the Western Church and to people with an interest in Romance languages and historical linguistics. The history of Latin in "Latin" America included here is a fascinating subject in itself. I am coming back to this book for a second read, having recently finished Ostler's magnum opus, 'Empire of the Word', some themes from which this work helpfully supplements and develops.
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