This is a good question for anyone contemplating investing several years of study… Dorothy Sayers points out that when you study Latin, you are doing advanced study in several subjects simultaneously. Here are those other subjects studied in and through Latin:
- Professions steeped in Latin vocabulary: law, medicine, science, music, art, philosophy, theology
- Romance Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian are all forms of Latin.
- Educational Virtues: The study of Latin requires concentration, analysis, and puzzle-solving that develop a student as a student. It also helps gifted students to slow down and attend!
- English Vocabulary: 50% of all English words come from Latin; 90% of all polysyllabic words from Latin.
- English Grammar: The regular grammar of Latin is ideal for shedding light on the way all languages work—including English.
- Writing/Reading: An increased vocabulary and understanding of grammar enable students to write and read with greater ease and clarity.
- Pleasure: Deciphering the “secret code” of Latin and reading great authors in their own tongue is a pleasure that can last a lifetime.
Also, click on this link to see an article written by Karen Moore, a well-known Latin author and educator.