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Language: Latin

  • Feb 13, 2012
  • 01:46 PM

Spotlight: Wilton's Latin & Greek Curriculum

Craig Donofrio / WiltonPatch
Max Gabrielson has been a Latin and Greek Professor at Wilton High School since 2000, where he has sharpened minds with the ancient whetstone of classical language. Wilton is one of the few schools that still offers classes in the two dead languages, offering its students a glimpse into the ancient cultures which irreparably shaped the modern world.
  • Dec 22, 2011
  • 01:19 AM

Vatican hosts unusual Christmas Latin test

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Wednesday hosted an unusual Latin competition for Christmas between schoolchildren from Austria and Liechtenstein, with participants allowed to call on cardinals for help. The test entitled "Puer Natus Est" ("A Child is Born") included translations of liturgical texts from Latin into German, as well as a quiz on the Catholic Church but -- unlike most exams -- participants can bring mobile phones.
  • Dec 08, 2011
  • 12:57 PM

The value of classical languages

Veronica Shi / The Daily Princetonian
Latin and classical Greek are not merely linguistic puzzles on a page. They develop one’s ability to negotiate real-life cultural barriers as effectively as any living language, while providing peerless access to the treasures of Western civilization.
  • Nov 20, 2011
  • 04:18 PM

New language for the Catholic Mass

Erin Andersen / Lincoln Journal Star
...The English version, while accurate in concepts and ideas, was not literal in its translation. And in 2001, the pope issued Liturgiam Authenticam (authentic liturgy) to provide translators of any language the guidelines for translating scriptures. So for the past decade, the Roman missal -- the book of instructions and texts needed to say Mass -- has been painstakingly re-translated to accurately reflect the exact words spoken in the Latin Mass for 1,700 years.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 03:50 PM

All Greek to them: classics back in vogue as schools embrace languishing languages

Rachel Olding / Camden Advertiser
The classics are enjoying a revival in NSW high schools and universities, reflecting a similar trend in England where Boris Johnson's Latin in London scheme is one of several initiatives to bring classical languages into more lives.
  • May 24, 2011
  • 01:20 PM

Salutatorian brings Latin to life as 'something really beautiful'

Jennifer Greenstein Altmann / Princeton University
Shi learned Latin and Greek her freshman year, taking intensive courses that squeeze a year's worth of language instruction into 12 weeks. During the summer after her freshman year, she studied one-on-one with Denis Feeney, the Giger Professor of Latin and a professor of classics, so that she could enroll in a 300-level course on Virgil's "Aeneid" the following semester.
  • May 10, 2011
  • 05:19 AM

Lessons From a Latinist

James Carman / The Wilson Quarterly
Daniel Walker Howe laments the long decline of the teaching of classics at the college level in his essay in our spring issue, but classical education in American middle and high schools, particularly the teaching of Latin, has experienced a mild resurgence in recent years.
  • Apr 29, 2011
  • 01:15 AM

Probing Question: Is Latin valuable for today's students?

Melissa Beattie-Moss / Penn State Live
Although Latin -- an Indo-European language at its height during the Roman Empire -- is nobody's native tongue these days, it certainly remains a topic of conversation. The usual point of debate? Whether learning Latin is valuable for modern-day students.