Why Study Latin?
Latin, in all its varying forms, is the language of the Roman Empire, which lasted from 753BC until 476AD, and is the language of many of the great books of world literature. It is, in fact, the common denominator that links the whole western world through a common language heritage and pattern of education. The Latin language and culture have been a font of inspiration for art, literature, education and philosophy for over two millennia. Every aspect of our political and cultural life has its roots in the Roman system.
The course at this level will include the study of grammar, as well as focusing by means of discussion on Roman domestic life, society, religion and history.
Latin helps students develop an appreciation of the significance of Western culture, its origins and its influence on Australian society.
Apart from the civilising effect of studying a foreign language and the development of an appreciation of the significance of Western culture, its origins and its influence on Australian society, the benefits of studying Latin are as follows:
Benefits of Studying Latin
- a wider English vocabulary
- a greater understanding of the basic structures of language
- clarity of memory, thought and expression
- critical thinking through the study of literature
- the development of more orderly and precise study habits, which are vital to success both at school and university
- the extension of language sophistication beyond the bounds of English and the acquisition of techniques which will assist in the learning of other languages
Concerning the study of Latin, Dr Nathan M Pusey, president of Harvard University wrote: “It remains true that no better subject for study at the secondary level has yet been found, and granted only a competent teacher, there is probably nothing that the young person planning to go to college might better put his time on”.