— [http://goo.gl/fVMhRZ] A look at the rise of the Roman Republic_______________________from a small Italian city-state to the dominant political and military power of the Mediterranean.

:: RT: How Did Rome Begin? ▶ http://goo.gl/vHDCP8 ◀ Kevin explores how the expansion of Rome also led to the expansion of Latin which emerged as a common lingua franca. Courage, duty, determination—these were common words to many Romans, who believed that it was their mission to rule nations and peoples. Using their practical skills, the Romans made achievements in law, government, language, and engineering that became an important part of Western civilization. | #English #Language #EnglishHistory #OldEnglish #Podcast #History #Romans #Etruscans #Latin #Alphabet

We cannot understand what a language is until we know its history. More than for most subjects, history is the key to language, because the very fabric of a language – its vocabulary, its grammar, its spelling, and so on – is a living record of its past. From the middle of the fifth century (450AD) and for the next 100 years or so waves of migrating tribes from beyond the North Sea brought their Germanic dialects to Britain. These tribes are traditionally identified as Angles, Saxons and Jutes.

English is said to be a Germanic language, but why is it that more than half of its words are of Latin or Romance origin? Why do we sometimes have a wide choice of words to express more or less the same thing? And what is to blame for the chaotic English spelling? We can point to some crucial events, such as the coming of Christianity or the Norman invasion, and study texts from these and other periods to find a pattern in the weave of the language. So where do we begin? Long before any Roman legions sailed across what we now know as the Straits of Dover, the British Isles were inhabited by various Celtic tribes.

The Rise of Rome: New Empires, New Faiths.


MP3 — «The History of the English Language» :: The Romans were conquerors, but they also governed, using republican forms that have been passed down to us..


"Ancient Rome : an illustrated history", New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2011, PDF ::

Ancient Rome : an illustrated history, PDF - Official Website - BenjaminMadeira

"The Adventure of English" is a British television series (ITV) on the history of the English language presented by Melvyn Bragg. The series ran in 2003. "Birth of a Language", "English Goes Underground", "The Battle for the Language of the Bible", This Earth, This Realm, This England", "English in America", "Speaking Proper", "The Language of Empire", "Many Tongues Called English, One World Language" ::

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