Latin Roots: Teacher
by Aaron Fisher
(Los Angeles, CA)
Dear Latin Teacher,
How would I say "teacher" in Latin?
The Latin word magister
is used for the captain of a ship or the leader of a classroom. So it is often a good translation for school master.
Roman boys studied rhetoric under a doctor
, meaning one who has been taught and now teaches. So the Latin root doctor
means teacher, too.
A teacher in a grammar school for boys was called the grammaticus
. He taught poetry, language, etc.
was one who taught by rule or system. We have the English derivative 'precepts', i.e. words to live (and learn) by.
Lastly, a professor
is a public teacher, one who speaks to a crowd of students.
Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.
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