Relying primarily on a functional-typological methodology, in which structural considerations of the traditional type are combined in a complementary and balanced way with functional and typological principles, the book approaches historical Latin syntax from a non-traditional perspective, investigating diachronic phenomena primarily from their discourse function as revealed in Latin texts.Key features of this book: first publication to investigate the long-term syntactic history of Latin; first part of a multi-volume set of four; generally accessible to linguists and non-linguists theoretically coherent, formulated in functional-typological terms; and does not require reading fluency in Latin, since all examples are translated into English.