Old latin

the Latin language in use from the earliest inscriptions to c100 b.c.
Abbreviation: OL, OL., O.L.
Historical Examples

They felt contempt for their Old Latin speech and for their literature, with the tiresome asceticism it eternally preached.
A Short History of Spain Mary Platt Parmele

Dragons like father has in that Old Latin book about Switzerland?
Cormorant Crag George Manville Fenn

The black swan was thought remarkable when discovered, as belying an Old Latin proverb.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8 Various

In these matters it is best to keep to the Old Latin rule, “Experto crede.”
Rome in 1860 Edward Dicey

Fuscinula, which in modern times is used chiefly for a table fork, is not to be found even once in any of the Old Latin writers.
A History of Inventions, Discoveries, and Origins, Volume II (of 2) Johann Beckman

The text is a compilation from Old Latin writings, and is said to have been translated into German as early as 1349.
Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution Agnes Arber

You remember, perhaps, in some papers published awhile ago, an odd poem written by an Old Latin tutor?
The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)

Auctoritas also had in Old Latin a different signification from what it has in later Latin.
Public Lands and Agrarian Laws of the Roman Republic Andrew Stephenson

Professor Ihre conceives it equally probable that the Old Latin word hendo may have had a northern origin.
Observations on Madness and Melancholy John Haslam

We ought to realise for all humanity the idea of the Old Latin adage,—Mens sana in corpore sano.
Paris and the Social Revolution Alvan Francis Sanborn

the Latin language before the classical period, up to about 100 bc


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