lingua latīna
Rome Colosseum inscription 2.jpg
Latin inscription, in the Colosseum of Rome, Italy
Pronounce [laˈtiːna]
Ethnicity Latins
Era Vulgar Latin developed into the Romance languages, 6th to 9th centuries; the formal language continued as the scholarly lingua franca of medieval Europe and Cilicia, as well as the liturgical language of the Catholic Church.
Latin alphabet 
Language Sites
ISO 639-1 la
ISO 639-2 lat
ISO 639-3 lat
Glottolog impe1234
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Map indicating the greatest extent of the Roman Empire under Emperor Trajan (c. 117 AD) and the area governed by Latin speakers (dark red). Many languages other than Latin were spoken within the empire.
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Range of the Romance languages, the modern descendants of Latin, in Europe.
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