Blake Adams

Blake Adams, our Latin Fellow, is a historian and Patristics scholar. Which is to say, he is a full-time reader. (Whatever book he is reading is practically a part of his wardrobe.) He has a keen interest in all things ancient and eternal — things he prefers in their original languages. He is widely published and has previously taught Latin at Seattle Classical Christian School and as a private tutor. Blake earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Patrick Henry College, which included a track in the Classical Liberal Arts. He is currently a graduate student at Wheaton College. He lives with his wife and cat, Ajax the Even-Lesser, in Elburn, Illinois. Get in touch with Blake at

When Did Latin Die?

When Did Latin Die?

People often say that Latin is a dead language. So why bother learning it? But what does it mean for a language to be dead, exactly? Languages aren’t organisms, and they don’t die like them, either. They don’t have a pulse we can check. So how do we know when a language has actually died?  …

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How Old is Latin?

You have probably heard someone call Latin a “dead language.” There was a time, however, when Latin was very much alive and young. While students who learn Latin today appreciate its eloquence and beauty, Latin’s early form was rough and immature.  This is the story of the first 500 years of Latin’s life. Latium and the Founding …

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