Why study latin?

United States, 1951

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A visit to high school Latin class where the teacher and several of the students explain why studying Latin is important to them. The film covers the values of Latin to an understanding of history, an appreciation of literature and a mastering of English, and the practical usefulness of Latin to many professions including those of law and medicine.


production company

Coronet Instructional Films






Black and White

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Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Language and culture

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Law

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Language acquisition

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Language and culture

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Language and languages - Study and teaching

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Medicine

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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