Classical Latin

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Classical Latin is the version of the Latin language spoken and written by educated Romans during the last century BCE and the first century CE. It was the language of Julius Caesar and the first Roman emperors (Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius, and Nero), of the orator and politician Cicero, of the poets Virgil, Ovid and Horace, and of the historian Livy.

It is the version of Latin usually taught in schools and universities.

For information about the pronunciation of Classical Latin see Pronunciation of Classical Latin, and for examples of Latin words and phrases used in English see the category 'Latin words and phrases'.