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Latin, the language evolved from Ancient Rome, was an official and common language in the Catholic World in Middle Age. Though it has become an ancient language due to its disappearance from daily use, it is still a frequently taught language in universities. Latin is often used in mottos and other niche circumstances (You will see the famous example below). Vatican City, The Holy See, is the only country that still recognizes Latin as its official language.
The Seal of Indiana University
The Seal of Indiana University (English)
= in Latin: Indianensis Universitatis Sigillum
Motto: Lux et Veritas = Light and Truth
Latin @ IU
Greek and Latin were the only courses offered in the early days of Indiana University (1824-1827), when it came into being as Indiana State Seminary and employed only one faculty member. Much has changed at Indiana University and in the study of the ancient world since those times.
A degree in Classical Studies (Latin or Classical Greek) allows you to explore the world of the ancient Greeks and Romans through interdisciplinary study of language, literature, art, and culture. Steeped in history, these languages continue to be influential in today’s world. A grasp of Latin or Greek deepens your understanding of contemporary social, political, and aesthetic issues. Latin and Greek proficiency also gives you direct access to medical terminology used in the health professions.
Explore your academic and career options with the Latin and Greek Major Guide.
B.A. Major Guide
Have you already studied Latin or Greek? Learn about language placement.
You will learn to read Latin or Greek right from the start of your coursework. In our intermediate and advanced courses, you study with faculty whose research focuses on Roman and Greek writers, philosophers, art, law, society, and more.