Why Study Latin?

Top Ten Reasons to Study Classics (source unknown, unfortunately)

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 student

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 view." -Dentist

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." -English teacher

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!

Other arguments for the benefits of studying Latin:

National Committee for Latin and Greek 
A great clearinghouse of information on the virtues of a Classical education.

Why your kids should learn Latin 
This essay discusses how Latin aids one's English vocabulary, SAT scores, etc.

Why Learn Latin, by William Harris
Dr. Harris has written several articles about the benefits of a Classical education. Here is one of them.

Why Study Classics 
Ideas on how Classics helps a person interested in law, medicine, writing, technology, and teaching, according to this Drew University site.

Why Study Greek and Latin Classics 
This set of arguments comes from the Classics department of Notre Dame University.


Advice for studying Latin

My curriculum vitae


last updated October 10, 2003
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