What did the Romans really speak?

I’m very excited to announce that I have a featured article in November’s History Today, out on Thursday. The title of my feature is ‘Latin Lesson’, and it explores the languages of the Roman empire, from its earliest history to the development of the Romance languages. It looks particularly at the Romans’ attitudes to other languages, especially Greek, and shows how Latin borrowed from the languages around it. The article touches on a lot of the themes I touch on in my research on language contact, and discusses many of the sources we look at in the Language and Society module.

Here’s a sneak preview of the cover:


The whole process has been a great experience, and I highly recommend contacting Kate Wiles, Senior Editor at History Today if you are interested in writing for them. They don’t mind what your angle is (linguistic, literary, archaeological, historical), as long as your work deals with the past in some way.

The magazine is out on Thursday 19th October, and is available from stockists across the country. Find your nearest stockist here.

Update: the article is now free to access on the History Today website, here. Enjoy!

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  1. Nice one Katherine, I have put reminder on my phone to pick up the magazine when it comes out in November. I have always had an interest in ancient languages, so looking forward to it.


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