almost extinct Indo-European language of the Italic family
Latin is a classical language belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European languages.
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- To preserve Latin literature inevitably meant preserving classical mythology.
- Geoffrey Miles (11 September 2002). Classical Mythology in English Literature: A Critical Anthology. Routledge. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-134-75464-9.
- Often, what is not collected becomes lost or at least unappreciated. This principle holds true to an extent for the neglect that all of Medieval Latin literature has suffered in publishing over the past century. Classical Latin literature has been gathered into series, which, although not always as inexpensive as potential users might wish, are nonetheless affordable. Consider the rows of blue-backed Oxford Classical Texts or the serried red ranks of the Latin volumes in the Loeb Classical Library.
- Jan M. Ziolkowski (1 February 2010). Fairy Tales from Before Fairy Tales: The Medieval Latin Past of Wonderful Lies. University of Michigan Press. p. 237. ISBN 0-472-02522-8.