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Ad Infinitum by Nicholas Ostler
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May 10, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: related-to-history, truthiness
Read from February 12 to May 10, 2011

An incredibly interesting history lesson on the Latin language. Ostler tackles the influence of the Etruscan and Greek languages on Latin, why Latin was such an influential language, how Christianity played a role in the spread and survival of Latin, how the "Romance" languages came about, why Latin stuck around for so long, and ultimately why Latin went away as a universal language. This is a great, if not always quick, read and a nice way to geek out on communication through history, and it makes me want to pick up Mt. Ostler's "Empire of the Word" as well. AD INFINITUM!
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