Salvete discipuli ac discipulae! Vos nunc scripta Latine legitis, quae lingua praeclara antiqua augusta plenaque pulchritudine sit, cuius cognitione multa eruditio demonstratur. Haec etiam adiuvit ad intellegendas permultas linguas, Anglicorum, Italianorum, Gallicorum, Hispanicorum, descenas ab singula lingua quae tamen omnes alias exsuperat. Nec vere est aliquis Scientia ab qua illa lingua omnino aliena est; nam sine hac non sit Dantius, Aquinas, Chaucer, nec Bruno, Galileo, Newton, nec, profecto, ceteri innumerabiles! Itaquae velut gnati vocati ad parentem currant, sic ad nostram matrem, re vera fontem humanitatis, linguam Latinam properare opportet. Avete et valete!

[Hello, students! You are currently reading words written in the Latin language, a language renowned for its great antiquity and filled with beauty, through the knowledge of which much erudition is thereby demonstrated. It even helps to understand exceedingly many languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, all descended from that one language which nonetheless surpasses all others. Nor truly is there any branch of knowledge from which that language is alien; for without it there would not be Dante, Aquinas, and Chaucer, nor Bruno, Galileo, Newton, nor, finally, countless others! Therefore, as children upon being called run towards their parent, so let us hasten to our mother, in truth the fount of humanity, the Latin language. Hail and farewell!]

 

PEA Intern & Classics Scholar,

Jake Rohde