The word "oppidum" has a different meaning than "town" or "city". It was a walled, Celtic fortification that had a special purpose, therefore, it was given a special name. It's Latin meaning is something like "main settlement in the administrative area". A term like "county seat" is not a synonym for "town". There were only 28 of them named by "Caesar", according to Wikipedia. A fort, for instance, which has characteristics of a town, has a special purpose and is therefore not called a town or a city. I don't think the word should be accepted as another definition for city unless it was actually used as a common translation for city.
Update: Online Latin Dictionary lists "urbs, oppidum", and "civitas" as translations of city, however.
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Trofaste, towns, cities, and villages are all groupings of houses where people live, but there are different words in English to describe them because they are not the same, mainly, but not solely, differentiated by size. If Latin is the same as English and other languages, and has different words for cities, towns, and villages, why would "town" be accepted as a translation for "city"?
Online Latin Dictionary gives "urbanus" as the translation of "town".
Without the young American guy with an American accent and his co-workers, we would not have a Latin course. Period. Do you know how criticism like this might make the creators of this course feel; they who have spent so many hours doing this without pay, during their free time?
I don't have a doubt in my mind that Latin speakers also had a wide variety of accents, not only throughout the Roman Empire but within the Italian peninsula as well. Which one, which time, which place do you want to hear?
I agree to your final point. ¹ But we have strong evidence of how Latin was spoken from multiple sources, mainly grammarians; translations into other languages, such as Greek and Arabic; and comparative historical linguistics.
¹ This was thoughtless of me, and for that I apologise.