The narrative was first printed at Pesaro in 1513, in what Apostolo Zeno calls lingua inculta e rozza.
Caper was the author of two works - De Lingua Latina and De Dubiis Generibus.
When he was nine years old his name was placed upon the title page of the famous Eleganze della lingua Toscana e Latina.
In archaeology his great achievement was Saggio di lingua Etrusca (1789), followed by Saggio delle lingue Ital.
What was true of the antiquities would be true also, he argued, of the Etruscan language, and the object of the Saggio di lingua Etrusca was to prove that this language must be related to that of the neighbouring peoples - Romans, Umbrians, Oscans and Greeks.
His notices of ancient sculpture and its various styles appeared as an appendix to the Saggio di lingua Etrusca, and arose out of his minute study of the treasures then added to the Florentine collection from the Villa Medici.
Long before English became the lingua franca of the Internet age, the world has wanted a common language.