A Biography of Latin

"Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin" by Nicholas Oster

One of the oldest languages still in use, Latin has an interesting history as told by Nicholas Oster in "Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin." Latin has been a part of European languages for over two millennia, developing out of Etruscan languages. While not commonly spoken anymore, the book illustrates the continued use of Latin through the centuries, particularly as the language of scientific literature, until the eighteenth century when replaced by French. The book charts Latin's use in legal and medical terminology, as well as the past and resurgent use in Roman Catholic rituals. Oster makes an interesting read out of what at first glance appears to be a tedious one.   

--Michael B., Jamestown Bluffs Branch

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