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Carpe sententias: why it’s time to rescue Latin from the Jacob Rees-Moggs of the world

There's something to be said for a Classics-inspired motivational phrase—we might even beat the public-schoolboy Latin tweeters at their own game...

Ex-public schoolboys like Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson are fond of a Latin phrase. Photo: PA

When I was at university, studying Latin and Greek, I was often asked what on Earth I was going to do with such an obviously useless degree. I grew up in the modest purlieus of north Staffordshire, where there was a definite feeling that degrees ought, by and large, to be concrete, solid things, leading to jobs in concrete, solid professions, like medicine or law.

It turns out that a degree in classics…

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