Ipsa scientia potestas est.
Knowledge itself is power.
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Why Study Latin?
Latin is an extremely useful, interesting, and challenging language to study. While it builds students' skills, confidence and ability to decipher a highly complex grammar system with a wide vocabulary, there are a large number of benefits to the Latin student that extend far outside of the classroom.
According to the National Committee for Latin and Greek, Latin develops a person's English and provides a solid foundation for the study of other languages. Latin lives on in over 60% of English words (90% of words over two syllables) and is responsible for approximately 80% of the vocabulary of Romance languages: French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish. It also contributes to a sense of citizenship, tolerance, and understanding, and sharpens and trains the mind to think critically and analytically. Specifically, Latin is an ideal foundation for students interested in acquiring other languages since it broadens their notion of structures possible in languages other than English. Latin's non-English word structure and sentence patterns stimulate such qualities as being observant, accurate, analytic, and logical. In this way, the mind is becoming developed in demanding and practical ways. For those students who decide to pursue Latin and Classical Studies in college, there are many later avenues, since Classics majors define themselves as those who can define and identify problems, think on their feet, and arrive at sound and creative solutions. In terms of Roman cultural studies, a background in the classical civilizations makes Americans more aware of customs, values, and ideas as they relate to government, religion, art, literature, and economic systems in this country and globally. Thus, being familiar with the diversity, change, and longevity within the Ancient Roman civilization, the Latin student is more inclined to respect the views, ideologies, religions, and economic systems of foreign peoples and to appreciate their rich, age-old traditions.
-Adapted by Allison Goldstein from "Why Study Latin?" Lindzey (2003)
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