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It has always fascinated me that while the Roman Empire lasted (in unison) from 27 B.C. - A.D. 395, that the language prevalent in Rome, namely Latin, has remained so pervasive. It would appear to me, that English, which has numerous elements of Latin in it, (up to 80% Latin), remains the most universally spoken language that there is. In addition, it would appear to me, that the reason for this, is the easily acquired sounds and associations associated with the English language. Furthermore, the Romance languages of Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian, Portuguese, and Italian appear to be the second languages most sought after by students in the United States.
Hi everyone! I have a Latin-related question that has been buggering me for a long time now, maybe some of you could help me out? (And yes, I have tried google many MANY times, but haven't come up with an answer yet.. :-/ ) This is the question; How did Latin spread through trade? I know many traders learned the language by selling their wares to the roman military, but I’m guessing there were a lot more possibilities for traders to learn Latin. Also, how did the language spread from those traders to other non-latin speaking communities? Could you help me out please? (Or help me find some usefull links?) Thanks!