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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Latin Europe is a term for the regions of Europe currently or historically linked, linguistically or culturally, to the Romance-speaking or Roman Catholic people of the continent. When referring to classical antiquity, this term generally refers to the portions of Europe where Latin was the dominant language. When referring to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the term refers to the portions of Europe that were under the jurisdiction of, or were loyal to, the Church in Rome (whose official language was Latin).

In non-historical contexts, the term has been used by authors including Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo and Lawrence Friedman. Geographically anchored in Southern Europe, the countries using a Romance language (or one with a large Romance lexical input), that are also predominantly Roman Catholic, are considered culturally Latin by Pérez-Perdomo and Friedman.

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