This month we give you a piece by Peter Jones, the founder of Friends of Classics and the onlie begetter – and editor for fifty issues – of Ad familiares. It is an excerpt from his latest book Quid Pro Quo (Atlantic 2016, at all good Oxfam bookshops). In this he discusses the roots of Latin words now common in English, in the context of their use in the ancient world. The words are grouped under subjects headings, each with its own general historical introduction: Politics, Society, Justice, Business (from which this extract is taken), Education and Philosophy, Writing and Literature, Religion, Architecture and Technology, Arts, Drama and Music, Warfare, Medicine and Botany. The book is topped and tailed with a historical survey of Latin and an Epilogue. The Greek alphabet is also introduced and used when words of Greek origin are shown to have been taken into Latin.

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