Latin language

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Latin (lingua lătīna, pronounced [laˈtiːna]) is an Italic language originally spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. With the Roman conquest, Latin was spread to countries around the Mediterranean, including a large part of Europe. Romance languages, such as Aragonese, Corsican, Catalan, French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish, are descended from Latin, while many others, especially European languages, have inherited and acquired much of their vocabulary from it. It was the international language of science and scholarship in central and western Europe until the 17th century, when it was gradually replaced by vernacular languages.

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