Ancient Rome for Kids

Origins of the Latin Alphabet


Lesson IV

The Power that was Rome Latin Root Study

The Latin that influences English words has a more complicated origin. There is the Latin spoken by the ancient Romans, and there are Latin roots that came into English through a version of French called "Norman". Norman French came to England in 1066 CE/AD with William the Conqueror, who was from a tribe of Norsemen (abbreviated to "Normen") who were originally from Scandinavia. The "Normans" came south and settled in France, learning French, which they then brought over to England.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

You can learn more and quiz yourself at the links on the left side of this page.

Please sign up for a Quizlet account here. Then join the class's Greek and Latin Roots Group here. Email Alfia at if you need the password to join. The top link below is to online flashcard sets. Start with Familiarize, move on to Learn, Scatter game and end with the online test. You can print out the word lists and flashcards for each list for offline study. See if you get an A on each test - and match your Scatter score with your classmates! Each list has 30 roots and their meanings.

Latin Root Set I
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Latin Root Set II
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Latin Root Set III
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