Students learn the underlying framework of modern Indo-European languages, including English. This means that Latin helps our students understand more complex grammatical structures, increase their vocabulary, and deepen their reading comprehension. There are many wonderful works by which to understand Western Civilization, as well as math and science texts, written in Latin well into the 19th century.
Ancient Rome and its language, Latin, are long dead; and yet, we encounter its legacy many times in our everyday lives. Ancient Rome and Latin are vibrant and alive in our language, culture, political system, science, technology, and architecture. In Latin 2 we gain an understanding of all the myriad ways we are the benefactors of Ancient Rome. We continue to build our knowledge and understanding of Latin vocabulary, syntax, and forms. To increase ability and confidence, we regularly practice Latin grammar. We translate both long and short excerpts from great Roman authors, such as Vergil, Horace, Cicero, Livy, and Ovid, to gain an appreciation of Latin in the context of Ancient Rome. Further, these readings are springboards to discuss Roman culture, society, and politics. We also have a special focus on the history of rhetoric and oratory in Ancient Greece and Rome, studying such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Isocrates, Quintilian, and Cicero. We consider specifically how the ideas and models of these thinkers influence rhetoric and oratory today.