Why study Latin? Because it's a beautiful, rich language. Because it's the gateway to the marvels of Roman literature and history: epic heroes! Dastardly villains! True love! Glorious victory! Heart-breaking defeat! Pirates! Because Latin is the root of all the Romance languages &mdash Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Romanian &mdash and has had a profound influence on English, as well. Because studying Latin will make you a better, more astute user of language in general.