Latin: The Secret Code of Western Civilization

David Meadows’ Explorator for this week (11.46) links an article by a High School teacher on the modern relevance of Latin.

“Just a few Latin roots give you the ability to decode hundreds and hundreds of complicated words, whether on the SATs or in more advanced science and technology courses,” he said. “That’s why I call Latin ‘the secret code of western civilization.’ Everything was written in it and the language we use today has tremendous borrowing from Latin.”

I did not have the option of a Latin course until my Junior and Senior years of college. By then I was already committed to Spanish (with its massive Latin roots) and to koine Greek. I have been increasingly fascinated by Latin over the years, especially since a former professor told me that Latin was the most enriching course he had taken in any of his schooling on any level.

Latin was the language of ancient Rome and is the mother-tongue of such ‘Roman-tic’ languages as Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian.

The full article is here.

Perhaps I’ll have time to devote to Latin in the future. It ultimately boils down to facta, non verba (actions, not words).

About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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