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Latin (disambiguation)

The word Latin has more than one meaning.

  • The Latins were an ancient people of central Italy, in the region known as Latium. The most important of the Latin cities was Rome - see the founding of Rome for some details. In mythology, the name came from the mythical king Latinus.

  • Later, the western half of the Roman Empire was often referred to as Latin, as opposed to the Greek east. This term was also applied to the Roman Catholic church and western successor states, and especially to the crusaders. For instance the crusader kingdom in Constantinople is called the Latin Empire, and the kingdoms of Jerusalem and Acre were also known as Latin kingdoms.

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