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Old Latin Language
Name: Old Latin
Native name: Lingua Latīna
Family
Indo-European
Romance
Script Latin Script

This page is about the ancient language of Old Latin. For Modern Latin, the language spoken in the southern portion of the Holy Roman empire, go here.

Old Latin is an Indo-European language. It is the parent language from which all the modern Romance Languages descend. It was the main language of the western half of the Roman Empire, and brought about the extinction of almost all of the Celtic Languages which were spoken therein. After the fall of the empire, Latin continued to be important as an international "lingua franca" throughout the educated world, as it still is today. Also, in the mouths of the common people, it continued to diverge, both in Europe as well as in Independent Antarctica, and became the Romance Languages, the largest and most important family of languages in the world today.