As Cicero once said, “it is not so much excellent to know Latin, as it is a shame not to know it.”
Latin is the language of Western civilization. For nearly two millennia, Latin was the tongue through which the educated communicated. It was the language of the Western Church, governments, scientists, nobles, musicians, and even poets.
Studying Latin today is recommended for those who are interested in law, theory, philosophy, writing, medicine, literature, and religion. Latin is considered a universal language among scholars, and it is estimated that between 60 and 70 percent of English words are derived from Latin. Research shows that studying Latin will even increase your GRE score!
“I will say at once, quite firmly, that the best grounding for education is the Latin grammar. I say this not because Latin is traditional and medieval, but simply because even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least 50 percent.” – Dorothy Sayers
Last updated: 10/8/2013