Latin – Professional translations of the “dead language” by translation agency Fasttranslator
The Latin language, or lingua latina, is an Indo-European language that was once spoken by the Latins, the inhabitants of Rome and Latium. Latin is now classified as a “dead language”, since it is no longer spoken, and is the official language only of the Vatican State. However, translations from Latin are not uncommon for us. Latin is still used, especially in theology and medicine. For us, this is reason enough to also offer Latin translations. If you need high quality and professional translations from Latin, then you’ve come to the right place. Call or email us and let us help you. Of course you can also send us the text you’d like to have translated using the Quote Request Form. Then you will get a no-obligation quote back from us as fast as possible.
A convoluted history
There is written evidence of the Latin language in early Latin dating back as far as the fifth century BC. From the third century BC onwards, longer texts were written in Old Latin. In the first century BC, classical Latin reached its full flower as the official language of the Roman Empire and spread throughout the western Mediterranean.
Lingering presence of Latin
Spoken Latin, or Vulgar Latin, died out along with the Roman Empire or developed into the Romance languages. However, the classical Latin of Roman writers and scholars remained, even into the Middle Ages, and furthermore held its status as the dominant language in literature, science, politics, and the rite of the Catholic Church. All the major scholars of this period, such as Copernicus, Descartes, Luther, Newton, Nostradamus and Paracelsus, wrote their texts in Latin. Until modern times, lectures at universities were held in Latin and Latin long remained an official language of the Holy Roman Empire, Poland and Hungary. Many loan words and foreign words, even whole phrases, even in non-Roman languages, are of Latin origin. When science needs to name a new discovery, as a rule that name will be in Latin. In addition to their academic training, our translators also have knowledge in different subject areas. So no matter whether your Latin text comes from the medical, legal or theological field – we will always find the right translator for it. Find out for yourself what we can do and contact our skilled project managers. We look forward to hearing from you!
How much does a translation into Latin cost?
The standard rate for translations from English into Latin is $ 0,22 per word and for translations from Latin into English the industry rate is $ 0,24. For new customers or large texts (more than 5,000 words) we may significantly reduce our rates. For urgent jobs that need several translators working simultaneously, we'll apply a surcharge. For a full list of rates per language, please visit Rates table for most requested language combinations.
The high level language has survived
Today, because of its geographical distribution in the Roman Empire, it can be assumed that Latin is present in the dialects and idioms of that same territory. Since spoken Latin has disappeared, these dialects and idioms can no longer be reconstructed today. On the other hand, the high-level language of classical Latin, has indeed survived in the numerous texts of ancient writers, statesmen and philosophers. In this context, men such as Cicero and Caesar could be cited, whose writings have survived and today are used in Latin studies exams. The script of the Latin language is the Latin alphabet, which was borrowed from Greece. If you have any questions about the Latin language or need professional Latin translations, don’t hesitate to contactus. Simply send us the text to be translated by email or use the Quote Request Form on the right. We will then immediately send you back a no-obligation quote!
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