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Studying Latin

By Rochelle Caviness - Updated: March 3, 2003

When studying a history or culture, it is worthwhile, and often necessary to know the language or languages used during the time period under study. For students of Ancient Rome, that language is primarily Latin.

Latin is not a difficult language to learn. It is not, however, a language that you can learn in 'five easy lessons'. To truly become proficient enough to be able to read classical literature as it was meant to be - in Latin - you must be willing to devote a sufficient amount of time to its mastery. Find Yourself a Teacher

The best way to learn Latin is with the aid of a teacher. Hopefully you had, or will have, the opportunity to study Latin while still in high school. If that is not possible, you can begin your study on the college level. Self-Study

If you live in an area that does not offer Latin courses or if you prefer to work on your own, Latin lends itself very well to self-study. Based upon my own experiences studying Latin on my own, I would recommend the following books as a starting point: The Internet

Whether you are studying Latin in a classroom situation or on your own, you will find that the Internet offers a wealth of information on Latin. Internet resources range from online access to hundreds of Latin books, software, study assistance, courses, hints, and the chance to interact with other students.

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