If The Roman Empire Had Invented the Internet

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Latin is not a dead language. It is still one of the official languages of the Vatican and there is even an active and growing Wikipedia version in Latin. Almost two thousand years after the fall of Rome people are still reading, writing and to some extent speaking true Latin, not to mention the hundreds of languages and dialects that have grown out of it such as Spanish and Italian.

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In fact, Latin is so much still a living a language that it continues to be updated to meet the needs of modern life. New words are being developed to describe situations and technologies that the Romans would never have dreamed of, and yet their ancient language remains capable of adapting and evolving, even as thousands of other traditional languages have disappeared or are in danger of becoming extinct. The Roman Empire lives on through the heritage of its language.

As an example of Latin’s modern existence, I reproduce below the translation of a Latin article on the internet, which in modern Latin is rendered quasi literally as the “Interrete”. Unfortunately, despite the affinity between Latin and English, google translate does a very poor job of translating the article into English, as you can see. Even so it is an interesting glimpse into what Rome might have produced if it had not fallen and gone on to conquer the internet instead.


Web or internexus or net informaticum is the reason incorporate in this work throughout the world, the whole of the membrane computatralium to have among themselves, to the extent of communicating between the nets, which are a series of web search engines he makes use of the light of the protocol. That “the work of works reticulata reticulatum,” in their nets, and private persons, the most commonly available, academic, relating to matters of it consists ?, and of the public space will come from the least of the places to consider the whole world, and laying the other hand, after a great deal of communication technology and to electricity, and in brass, and the kinds of interconectis the light of the results produced. The Internet carries a vast variety of the springs, and ministries of information, just as the documents of the webs by means of hypertexts, and failing to apply the whole of the earth, connected to this, with a letter, electronic, telephones or, as communicated to the computer sciences and accountants.

Data across the internet, “bundles of exchange” (English packet switching), the move might in any way from the source to the ultimate goal marching.

Many states have different laws of charge.

Some periodic English Internet edible. (What was google translate thinking with this one?)


Latin proverbs about the internet:

Quod non est in interreti non est in mundo.“: What does not exist on the internet does not exist in the world.

Verba volant, scripta manent [in interreti].” Words fly, but writing remains [on the internet].

By Translator Mike

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