Latin inscription in the Colosseum
|Native to||Roman Republic, Roman Empire|
|Region||mare nostrum (Mediterranean)|
|Era||75 BC to the 3rd century AD, when it developed into Late Latin|
|Writing system||Classical Latin alphabet|
|Official language in||Roman Republic, Roman Empire|
|Regulated by||Schools of grammar and rhetoric|
The range of Latin, 60 AD
Classical Latin is the form of the Latin language used by the ancient Romans and was the language used in official Roman record-keeping, the Roman military, and Latin literature. Its use helped the Golden Age of Latin literature during the 1st century BC and the early 1st century AD.
Classical Latin is a dead language, as is Vulgar Latin, the common speech of citizens in the Roman Empire. It is not spoken as a first language anymore. However, it is still spoken by church officials in the Vatican, where it is the official language.