That is what I was hearing and it makes sense. Thanks! I guess Rome
's Empire did only last 400 years as an empire and the Greeks
won after all.
Even when the Roman Empire
was at its height, many more of its subjects spoke Greek than Latin. Latin was the language of the army and of the imperial administration, but outside of Italy
anyway it wasn’t used for much else. Greek was the language of literature, philosophy and culture and (just as importantly) also the language of commerce. If a merchant from Gaul
wanted to transact business with a trader from Egypt
, they would probably find that their only common language (if they had
one) was Greek. And if you look at the inscriptions on city monuments and funerary steles from Africa
, they are almost always written in Greek, not Latin.