Roman Military Influence

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It is true that the Roman military power made Latin a lingua franca to a certain limit. As J.N Adam (2013) and Bruno Rochette (2014) suggest in their writings (2013), Latin language, started to spread from the city center (Rome) to the provinces, because of its high status among local elites within Italy and nearby provinces. As the Roman Empire started to grow so did its influence in legal and political matters. Any military or official legal matters were to be conducted in Latin. As such to enforce their presence the Romans used the army, as their prime instrument to strengthen the Roman Empire. For example, the military was required to speak Latin, because Latin was the language used to reprehend the peasants, also testaments and legal…show more content…
290). Therefore, while Latin was used as a language of power, Greek was the language understood universally by people from different origins and therefore the language of books and literature “widely used for the composition of works on archeological, historical, and philosophical subjects (Rochette, 2014, p. 285)”. As such, educated people learned to read and speak Greek just as well as they did Roman, a fact which encouraged literary borrowings and language simulation. The mixing of these two languages in literature eventually created the Greco-Roman literature. As Bruno Rochette (2014, p. 285) explains “Greek and Latin are so closely linked in linguistic consciousness of the Romans that they came to assume a total assimilation of Latin to Greek”. This language assimilation universally unified people from different origins and made Latin a universal…show more content…
Nevertheless, contrary to Latin English has taken over countries and completly dominated its culture at the expense of native populations. A grate example of Eglish comply dominating a country and its culture its Australia. Before British dominance Australia was a country habituated by Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. Since the British first invaded Australia, they dominated its language and its culture replacing the existing culture with their own. Thus, almost extinguishing the Aboriginal language and history (J.Miles, 2016). However today national parks and special aboriginal areas were made to maintain the Aboriginals language and culture. According to the Australian Government (2015) page, national parks and wild life programs are being developed to protect the Aboriginal culture and language. These programs are run in conjunction with Aboriginal communities to support Aboriginal heritage. Language is a vital element that allows the diverse Aboriginal populations to understand their heritage and
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