Most people would be surprised to know that more Latin literature was written by Europeans in the millennium after the fall of Rome (circa 476 AD) than during the preceding thousand years of Roman might! (I was!) A compelling case for The Importance of Post-Antique Latin, the Latin of Western Europe after the fall of Rome in 476 AD, is made on the Latin for the New Millennium site. (Click on "Why Learn Antique Latin?" on the splash page.) According to this article, by learning the Latin language, students not only have an insight into the ancient world, but the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Enlightenment as well!