Welcome to The Rise of The Roman Empire podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This ninth episode looks at Latin Literature and Modern English. Latin, the language of the Ancient Romans was spoken throughout the Empire and gave rise to incredible works of literature. Today the Romans are but a memory but what survives is Latin. About 70% of all English words originate from Latin. Brought to Britain by Romanised Germanic tribes, following the invasion of Julius Caesar in 55 BC. In this episode, you will learn about the Golden Age of Roman literature with poets like Virgil, Horace, and Seneca. The formation of Modern English. And the change in culture and language when Catholic philosopher St. Augustine landed in Britain.
Written and Narrated by Cambridge University Archaeologist: Matthew John Brooks