Chapter 22. The Discourse of Later Latin

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Philip Burton Lecturer

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch22

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Burton, P. (2009) The Discourse of Later Latin, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch22

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101



  • discourse of later Latin;
  • “classical gap,” and “late Latin”;
  • “Late Latin” in Late Antiquity;
  • Scholars fascinated by question of when people stopped speaking Latin;
  • developments in Later Latin


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • When did Latin become Late?

  • “Late Latin” in Late Antiquity

  • Developments in Later Latin

  • When Will We Stop Speaking Latin?

  • Bibliographical Note