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Quid Pro Quo : What the Romans Really Gave the English Language, Paperback / softback Book

Quid Pro Quo : What the Romans Really Gave the English Language Paperback / softback

Part of the Classic Civilisations series

Paperback / softback


Did you know that the word 'prestige' derives from the Latin word for 'illusion'? Or that 'infantry' stems from a Latin word meaning one who could not speak?

In this original and highly entertaining book, Peter Jones reveals the roots of Latin words that are now common in the English language and shows how Romans actually used them in the ancient world. Covering every aspect of Roman life - from politics, philosophy, religion and the arts, to technology, warfare, medicine and botany - Quid Pro Quo highlights the vital role Latin has played in the creation of our vast vocabulary.




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