‘Latin’ involves the study of both the Latin language (the language of the Romans) and also cultural aspects associated with both the Romans and the Greeks.
Latin is still a viable and desirable discipline which helps enrich the children’s understanding of the world on many levels, be it linguistically, historically or culturally. It is the basis for all the romantic languages spoken in Europe and gives an insight into, and an understanding of, both grammar and the origins of many English words as well. It is hoped that the study and demands of learning Latin will help children to learn ‘how to learn’ and to tackle challenges they may not face in other subjects. The benefits of learning Latin are manifold, but particular benefits can be seen for those who are interested in studying university subjects such as Law, Medicine, Medical Sciences, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, or any other branch of Medicine such as Physiotherapy. University subjects such as Languages, History, Politics and Journalism are all complemented by some level of study in Latin. Indeed, anyone pursuing a career which involves research, writing or public speaking will benefit from a working knowledge of the language and culture of the Romans.
Dorothy Sayers says it best:
‘I will say at once, quite firmly, that the best grounding for education is Latin grammar. I say this not because Latin is traditional and medieval, but simply because even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labour and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least 50 per cent.’