Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Nicholas Ostler is the author of Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World. He is chairman of the Foundation for Endangered Languages (www.ogmios.org), a charity that supports the efforts of small communities worldwide to know and use their languages more. A scholar with a working knowledge of eighteen languages, Ostler holds an M.A. from Oxford University in Greek, Latin, philosophy, and economics, and a Ph.D in linguistics from MIT, where he studied under Noam Chomsky. He lives in England, in Roman Bath, on the hill where Ambrosius Aurelianus defeated the Saxons for a generation.
Nicholas Ostler sheds a unique light on Latin, as a language originally of a community of herder folk, and then the Latin language in its development with the waxing of the Latin... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Douglas Kauffman
In 1492 Elio Antonio de Nebrija (the author of the Latin grammar most priests used to teach Latin in the "New" World) wrote that "always language was the companion of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by takingadayoff
As several reviewers have correctly noted, this book wears its learning lightly. Ostler is fine stylist as well as an able scholar, an author who knows his craft and is able to... Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by Anson Cassel Mills
Latin is by no means a dead language. Every keen gardener or bird watcher will be familiar with the "Latin" names of plants and animals. Many of our school mottoes are in Latin. Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by Amazon Customer
In this book, Nicholas Ostler, also author of _Empires of the Word_, traces the history of the Latin language from its origins in a melange of dead Italic languages and Greek... Read morePublished on September 10, 2009 by W. Eric Vandever
the story wanders around a bit. As a "biography" of Latin, there is a general plot; but it's easily lost in the many details. Read morePublished on May 6, 2009 by Neal J. King
I enjoyed this book. It details everything you wanted to know about Latin from its origins to the present. No knowledge of Latin necessary.Published on April 30, 2009 by Thomas A. Oswald
I stopped reading in the first chapter when their seemed to be some text missing. Not pages missing precisely, it just seemed to jump into the middle of something, towards the... Read morePublished on March 11, 2009 by Daniel A. Demski