Latin isn’t a dead languages, says The Economist. It’s just resting.
If Latin, spoken or written, is ever to catch on again, perhaps it needs justifying. Among the XVIII slightly desperate reasons for learning Latin to be found on Latinteach.com, the most attractive is “Explain the passive periphrastic to your significant other,” and the most topical, “Learn to conquer the world and claim it was self-defence.” Or perhaps, discarding justification, the language just needs modernising. Henry Beard’s handy little tome, “Latin for All Occasions,” is designed to recycle old Latin tags for the present time. (Eg, rara avis: There is no car hire available.) Many have pointed out that “Been there, done that,” was originally coined by Caesar when he proclaimed Veni, vidi, vici, though he did not wear the T-shirt.
The center of Latin news broadcasting is Finland. But you knew that.