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    Latin was spoken by (the) ancient Romans

    Do I need the article in the sentence in question?

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    Re: Latin was spoken by (the) ancient Romans

    The sentence is valid with or without the article. Without the article, the sentence doesn't say how many of the Romans spoke Latin; it could have been two of them or all of them. With the article it suggests that all ancient Romans spoke Latin.
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