Quid Pro Quo: What the Romans Really Gave the English Language (Paperback)
Peter Jones takes the reader on a fascinating journey along the highways and byways of Roman life and culture, telling the amazing stories behind the original Latin meanings and uses of hundreds of our everyday words. Taking in every aspect of the ancient world, including science, religion, military matters, politics and literature, Jones shows just how much the English language owes to the ancient Romans and the role Latin has played in the creation of our vast vocabulary.
About the Author
Peter Jones has written a regular column, "Ancient & Modern," in the Spectator for many years and is the author of various books on the Classics, including Latin Crosswords, Learn Latin, Reading Latin, and Reading Ovid.
'What did the Romans ever do for us? Well, besides the sanitation, the roads, etc, they left us Latin, and in this wonderfully informative survey, Peter Jones guides us through the ways in which their language has percolated through our own. Jones wears his learning lightly and there's an arresting insight or a fascinating historical anecdote on every page." —Mail on Sunday
"Wonderfully entertaining." —Spectator