Our beginning Latin reading course consists of four consecutive semester units, which may be studied as a minor (single year) or a major (two years). The reading centres on everyday Roman life and on historical events.
The study of Latin fosters the ability to think clearly and logically, and develops an understanding of the social, religious & political values of the Romans, who have had such a lasting influence on our own society.
It is an 'omnibus' (Lat. = for everyone) study, and can offer something for almost everyone; and although no longer used for communication (except in the Vatican, where there is a Latin ATM, and in Finland, where there is a radio News in Latin), it is an absorbing study, incorporating appreciation of history, society, mythology, literature and very importantly, of language structure, being particularly useful for the study of the 'Romance' European languages - Italian, French, Spanish & Portuguese. Latin structures are also very similar to those of German.
Latin vocabulary and grammar, however, are especially reflected in English, and their study opens up deeper understanding and new insights for students.
'The enduring Roman influence on Europe is reflected pervasively in contemporary language, literature, legal codes, government, architecture, engineering, medicine, sports, arts, etc.'
(If we removed all the words drawn directly from Latin, that sentence would read; 'The…')