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Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin
 
 
Author
Nicholas Ostler.
Publisher Walker & Company  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780802716798
Pages/Publication Date 382/2008
Daedalus Item Code 29725
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The Latin language has been the one constant in the cultural history of the West over two millennia—the foundation of our education, the terminology of science and law, and until recent decades, the liturgy of the Catholic Church. In this erudite and entertaining "biography" of Latin, linguist and philosopher Nicholas Ostler shows how and why this supposedly dead language survived and thrived even as its creators, and many other languages, failed.

"Traveling with Ostler on his journey through Latin's history feels like being taken on a tour of a wonderfully interesting city by a person of fantastic erudition.... Ostler is never less than fascinating, ushering one down all kinds of picturesque side roads."—Guardian (UK)

"A fascinating book, with beguiling insights ... told with tenderness, packed with facts, quotations, jests and illustrations."—Philadelphia Inquirer

 
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