Rome had a profound impact upon the Western Hemisphere – at its height, the Roman Empire controlled half of Europe, including modern day Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and even southern Britain to name but a few. Roman culture, particularly language, influenced much of European culture.

Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Romanian, and Catalan are all Romance Languages directly descended from Latin. The English language was also heavily influenced by Latin as well – English could be described as a blending of German, French, Latin (directly from the Roman occupation of southern Britain), and Celtic.

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