10. "You acquire a certain logic and intuitive
sense about language." -Newspaper editor
9. "Classics gives a perspective on life of beauty
and greatness of the Roman and Greek cultures--arts, philosophy,
literature, leadership, etc." -Owner of business consulting firm
8. "Improved vocabulary, confidence in front of
people, better writing techniques. Key item: The discipline I learned
has been a critical success factor, especially in the U.S.
Military." -Retired military
7. "...strong vocabulary and the ability to write,
two qualities which are sorely lacking in many medical students.
Practically any term in medicine comes from Latin or Greek, which allows
me to memorize complicated words or phrases more easily." -Medical
6. "I found law school a breeze because of the
discipline and hard work habits I developed in Classics. My awareness of
linguistic processes and details is a constant strength in reading, and
thinking." -Law school/Texas Legislature
5. "Classics taught me the value of discussion
without argument; taught me to listen and appreciate other points of
4. "Latin definitely has helped me. It implies some
skills and character traits: attention to detail, knowledge of how
languages work, good vocabulary, good writing skills, worldly outlook
...and maybe even wisdom." -Medical editor
3. "I appreciate having studied the Classics so
much that I wish that I had the power to influence/persuade the
curriculum writers in my district to take the study of Latin mandatory
for all students who are seriously college bound. I see the study of
Latin as one possible remedy for the plummeting SAT verbal scores."
2. "Because of its great breadth for embracing as
it does logical thinking, precise analysis, lucid expression and with
its overview of human thought and development, history, economics,
business and politics, Classics constitutes the single best preparation
in general sense for almost any of life's available pursuits!"
-Founder of a middle school
AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON IS: Impressive credentials for
any kind of job!
Committee for Latin and Greek
A great clearinghouse of information on the virtues of a
your kids should learn Latin
This essay discusses how Latin aids one's English vocabulary, SAT
Learn Latin, by William Harris
Dr. Harris has written several articles about the benefits of a
Classical education. Here is one of them.
Ideas on how Classics helps a person interested in law, medicine,
writing, technology, and teaching, according to this Drew University
Study Greek and Latin Classics
This set of arguments comes from the Classics department of Notre