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Syncopated verbal forms

This chapter explains about the concept of Late Latin. The Classical Latin is divided into the Golden Age and the Silver Age. The former ended with the death of the poet Ovid in 17/18 CE and the latter with the death of the emperor Marcus Aurelius in 180 CE. The ensuing period is termed Late Latin and lasted until Latin developed into the various Romance languages. Major writers of the Late Latin period include Saints Jerome and Augustine. The chapter outlines every major grammatical point usually taught in an intermediate college Latin course, as well as other grammatical topics which may be introduced in the first semester of reading prose or poetry. The chapter analyses sampling of some of the changes, primarily morphological, are highlighted. Many verbs lose their deponent inflection in favor of active forms. The chapter shows that multiple syntactic changes in the expression of specific types of subordinate clauses.