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Why Classical Languages Matter

I am a subscriber to Epistula, the monthly e-newsletter by Veritas Press.  This month I was delighted to read a great article by Joanna Hensley on “Why Classical Languages Matter.”  I found myself yelling “Amen! Preach it, Sista!” at my computer screen.  Here is a tantalizing tidbit from her article.  You can read the rest of her article by clicking on the Epistula link provided.

A Latin teacher, like me, asked to write a newsletter article on “Why Classical Languages Matter” is tempted to peddle her wares like a fair barker with a megaphone: “Step right up! Get five languages for the price of one! Feel smarter in just fifteen minutes a day! Absolutely guaranteed to raise your SAT!” While all these promises regarding the study of Latin may be true, and while these may be the very reasons some students study Latin in the first place, there is something far more valuable and far less self-serving in the importance of studying classical languages. Classical languages are necessary for understanding ideas, and to illustrate the point, I will put down my megaphone and tell you the story of St. Isidore of Seville.

You can read the rest of Mrs. Hensley’s fantastic article in the May 2010 edition of Epistula by Veritas Press.

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