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By James Clackson

Texts written in Latin, Greek and different languages supply historic historians with their basic facts, however the function of language as a resource for realizing the traditional international is frequently ignored. Language performed a key function in state-formation and the unfold of Christianity, the development of ethnicity, and negotiating positions of social prestige and workforce club. Language may toughen social norms and make clear taboos. This booklet offers an available account of the way within which linguistic proof can light up subject matters corresponding to imperialism, ethnicity, social mobility, faith, gender and sexuality within the historic international, with out assuming the reader has any wisdom of Greek or Latin, or of linguistic jargon. It describes the increase of Greek and Latin on the rate of different languages spoken round the Mediterranean and information the social meanings of alternative kinds, and the attitudes of old audio system in the direction of linguistic differences.

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