Latin was originally spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome.  It originated in the Italian penninsula and many modern languages are derived from Latin.  Although it is sometimes called a dead language, many students, scholars and clergy speak it fluently and it is taught in schools around the world.

Latin is still used in biological taxonomy and in the creation of new words in many different modern languages, including English.  The largest organization in which Latin is used in official contexts is the Catholic Church.  The only known ATM in the world with Latin instructions is in the Vatican City.

Latin remains a widely taught subject. It provides a solid foundation for learning other languages, especially the Romance languages - French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish.  Learning Latin can help prepare for careers in medicine, law and science or provide a greater appreciation for the classics or both!