3.5 million secondary school Greek & Latin students!


Germany’s Universität Leipzig has recorded some amazing statistics of the actual current numbers 2011-2013 of secondary students studying Greek and Latin here:

“Total number of secondary level students studying Latin and Ancient Greek in the world” by Emily Franzini, Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities, and postdoctoral candidates Thomas Koentges and Maryam Foradi:


USA: 120,000 Latin, 2,210 Greek

United Kingdom: 15,000 Latin, 2,000 Greek

France: 501,100 Latin, 34,000 greek

Denmark: 500 Latin, 100 Greek

Flanders: 40,460 Latin – 9%, 5,760 Greek

Germany: 800,000 Latin, 7,000 Greek

Switzerland: 12,970 Latin – 16.8% of all students, 930 Greek

Italy: 2,000,000 Latin – 40%(!), 680,000 Greek

Croatia: 24,737 Latin, 2,878 Greek

Bulgaria: 500 Latin, 400 Greek

New Zealand: 1,501 Latin, 0 Greek

3.5 million


That’s 3.5 million secondary students! It appears that the classics are far from dead, with small numbers of students in Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and Zimbabwe. In none of the countries above are Latin and Greek compulsory subjects. High school students are taking the languages to broaden their depth of knowledge.

However, repositories of translations in English such as the Loeb Classical Library must take seriously the fact that the vast majority of students of classical languages study in languages other than English. See the seminal article, “The Digital loeb Classical Library—a view from Europe” by Prof. Gregory Crane: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JDLE-yA5sySj6zxOJQRo1vghugrf8DztAOCeaigw-IM/edit.



Prof. Gregory Crane of Leipzig and Tufts University, Director of the Perseus Project, gives a good overview in his presentation, “June 1914 and Classical Philology for the 21st century” here: http://biblindex.hypotheses.org/files/2014/05/2014-06-03-lyon-gcrane-light.pdf.

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