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Classical Latin
LINGVA LATINA, lingua latina
Rome Colosseum inscription 2.jpg
Latin inscription in the Colosseum
Pronunciation[laˈtiːnɪtaːs]
Native toRoman Republic, Roman Empire
RegionMare Nostrum region
Era75 BC to AD 3rd century, when it developed into Late Latin
Language family
Early forms:
Old Latin
  • Classical Latin
Writing systemClassical Latin alphabet 
Official status
Official language inRoman Republic, Roman Empire
Regulated bySchools of grammar and rhetoric
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Linguist Listlat-cla
Linguasphere51-AAB-aaa
Europa60AD.svg
The range of Latin, AD 60

Classical Latin is the form of Latin that was used by the ancient Romans in official Roman record-keeping, the Roman military, and Latin literature. Its use helped the Golden Age of Latin literature during the 1st century BC and the early 1st century AD.

Classical Latin is a dead language, as is Vulgar Latin, the common speech of citizens in the Roman Empire. It is not spoken as a first language anymore. However, it is still spoken by church officials in the Vatican, where it is the official language.