"he said his final prayers in Latin"

Although widely spoken in the glory days of the Roman Empire, Latin is now considered a dead language. Nevertheless, it is still studied extensively for various reasons. Scholars consider it a useful base for the study of modern Romance languages, while Catholic clergy still conduct some services and read holy texts in Latin. Many mottos are also written in Latin.

 

Latin Speaking Areas
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