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Foreign Languages
College of Arts and Humanities


Latin Links


As Cicero once said, “it is not so much excellent to know Latin, as it is a shame not to know it.”

Latin is the language of Western civilization. For nearly two milennia, Latin was the tongue through which the educated communicated. It was the language of the Western Church, governments, scientists, nobles, musicians, and even poets.

Why Latin?
  • Studying Latin today is recommended for those who are interested in law, theory, philosophy, writing, medicine, literature, and religion.
  • Latin is considered a universal language among scholars.
  • It is estimated that between 60 and 70 percent of English words are derived from Latin.
  • Research shows that studying Latin will increase your GRE score

“I will say at once, quite firmly, that the best grounding for education is the Latin grammar. I say this not because Latin is traditional and medieval, but simply because even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least 50 percent.” – Dorothy Sayers

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To find out more about the Latin program at Georgia Southern contact Nanette Eisenhart.

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Last updated: 4/24/2019

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