Is latin a vernacular of greek? ?

Since Italian is the vernacular of latin, is latin the vernacular if greek???! Please if you know say so and explain your answer. Thankyou!!!   

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  • Dave
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago
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    Michelle - 

    michelle c54 mins ago

    All I want to know is how false is this statement...."he spoke in the Latin vernacular."

    ... Michelle -- It is entirely possible that he spoke in the Latin vernacular. Another meaning for 'vernacular' is, roughly, 'everyday speech.' The Latin vernacular existed for many, many centuries -- back in time. Both before and after 1 A.D. ...  (And before Italian ever evolved from Latin... And Greek is a separate branch of a bigger language family.)  

    • Lv 4
      4 weeks agoReport

      interesting answer; also, Latin Vernacular conferatur Formal/ Classical Latin generally means Everyday Conversational Latin et cetera  :)

  • 2 weeks ago

    Absolutely not. Latin and Greek are separate languages, separate branches of the same language 'tree' of Indo-European.

  • 4 weeks ago


    I point out that it's a rather...loosely true statement that Italian is a vernacular form of Latin.

    It's sometimes viewed that way because Italian is extremely similar to Latin in many ways. For example: most Italian vocabulary has an extremely similar word in Latin.

    But Greek is an entirely separate language, quite different from Latin. Only relatively few Greek words are similar to Latin words, and Greek endings also tend to differ considerably from Latin.

    • Lv 4
      4 weeks agoReport

      good answer; also, for example, Cleopatra spoke both fluently

  • Pontus
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago


    Latin is on the Italic branch of the Indo-European language family.  Greek is on its own branch of the IE family. 

    Latin did borrow a ton of words from Greek, but it did not evolve from it.

    Italian, French, Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, Romansh, Ladino, Galician, & a ton of others each evolved from the every day Latin of the common people (vernacular), but from different places and time periods. 

    It is not correct to say that Italian alone is the vernacular of Latin (nor is it truly the vernacular of Latin, but rather one form of modern vernacular Latin). 

    Note that English has borrowed a ton of words from Old French, Old Norse, Latin itself, and Greek, but English is not the vernacular of any of those languages.

    English evolved from Anglo-Saxon (aka Old English), which is on the Germanic (not to be confused with Germany or German) branch of the IE family. Its base vocabulary and grammar is distinctly Germanic (although very simplified). 

    Most Latin vocabulary and its grammar are distinctly Italic (not to be confused with Italy or Italian)

    Source(s): studied linguistics and the history of languages.
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  • martin
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Yes it is, because the Romans idolized the Greek intellectuals. Scholarly people at the time of the Roman Empire often wrote their books in Greek.

    • michelle c4 weeks agoReport

      If I said Roman, Latin Vernacular then this isn't a true statement?  

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