A WELSH Latin lover is leading the charge to bring the ancient language of the Romans back to state schools.
With the decline of Latin learning mirroring the fall of the Roman empire 1,500 years ago, the challenge has begun to revitalise the language in the eyes of schoolchildren.
The answer lies in a electronic teaching aid which could solve the problem of teachers not being trained in the language - enabling students to learn exclusively on their computers.
Will Griffiths, director of Cambridge School Classics Project, hopes their e-learning resource will be embraced by schools across Wales, and the rest of the UK.
He said, "We want to make Latin available to everybody and I could not think of a better way of doing this.
"I would dearly love to bring Latin back to Abergavenny, where I grew up and also across Wales."
With a grant from the Department for Education and Skills, the learning resource hopes to bring together history, the language and also the grammar of Latin to schools.
He said, "This software is designed to be used not only by Latin specialists but also by teachers who don't have Latin.
"Every secondary school in the country can have access to the programme and it is going to change the way Latin is delivered in this country."
Mr Griffiths, who was taught Latin at Monmouth School, believes the language is an important part of every child's education and provides vital skills in allowing you to understand the basis for other languages, as well as the history and background of our civilisations.
While the new teaching package, which will feature a Roman soap opera-style drama, might be fun, it will not reduce the difficulty of the language.
However, there is nothing wrong with giving the children something challenging, says Peter Jones, a spokesman for the Co-ordinating Committee for Classics.
He said, "It is not an easy language, but so what. Lots of things aren't easy but it does offer tremendous rewards.
"There is nothing elitist about Latin. Only people can make something elitist - a language cannot be."
The figures at the moment though do not look good.
In 2002/03, only 149 Welsh students sat a GCSE exam in Classical Studies, which would involve Latin.
The official UK figures for 2000 stand at 11,624 children, but 80% of those come from non-state schools.
Reviving Latin, however, will not be a straightforward process and one way to make it real to students is floundering.
JK Rowling hoped to get Stephen Fry to revisit his role of audio storyteller for the Harry Potter books, and perform the Latin translation of the novel.
However, according to recent reports, Fry feels his Latin is too shaky to take on the challenge and so the rush is on to find another celebrity to bring Latin to the masses of Potter fans.
Attempts to revive the language and bring in a form of video teaching might fall on deaf ears in Wales.
A spokesman for the National Union of Teachers Cymru said that members felt teaching was always going to be more effective with a teacher planning and taking lessons.
But Mr Griffiths believes children and teachers learning the language together brings a different dynamic to the classroom process.
He said, "In the trials all sorts of people have been holding the lessons, from history teachers to school governors, and it has really changed the way they have perceived their own teaching.
"It is also really interesting for the students to be doing something where their teachers do not know everything.
"They are so spoon fed usually so they are being taught to learn for themselves.