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Friday, October 23, 2009

Why Study Ancient Greek?

Many people have asked me what the practicality of studying the classics is, so I would like to point out some of these advantages. First, the studying of the classics is really a training of the mind - the ability to put words and sentences together from a grammatical syntax not like ours takes a great amount of patience, endurance, and creativity. It hones an attention to detail, a skill that is useful in any field today. Also, Latin is the foundation of our English language, and many Latin words are connected to Greek words, which allows us to create compounds and prefixes in our language today, such as pre-, anti-, de-, sum-, and many others. So in other words, if you are looking to get those high scores on the SAT or GRE, Greek and Latin are of utmost importance. And finally, the ability to rattle off the first line of the Iliad at a cocktail party will really wow your guests. μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος.

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