Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Why study Greek?

"To read the Latin and Greek authors in their original is a sublime luxury...I thank on my knees him who directed my early education for having in my possession this rich source of delight."
-Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Joseph Priestly
January 27, 1800

Dorothy Sayers says it best:
I will say at once, quite firmly, that the best grounding for education is the Latin grammar. I say this not because Latin is traditional and medieval, but simply because even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least 50 percent.
-- From the National Review .

Dorothy Leigh Sayers is considered to be one of the Queens of the Golden Age of the British Detective together with Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Ngaio Marsh. Born at Oxford on June 13 1893, she was educated in Cambridgeshire, Salisbury as well as Oxford and graduated with a first class honors degree in modern languages.

Greek is a challenging language. However, the rewards will reap from it are well worth your effort. After you study Greek you will have mastered some of the most important skills you could ever learn in high school. By studying Greek you will gain:
· a clear understanding of English grammar
· how to evaluate information
· how to problem solve
· how to be organized and methodical
· how to think logically
Study Ancient Greek and never get that confused look on your face again when your teachers say the dreaded words:
· Split infinitive
· Direct object
· Prepositional phrase
· Indirect object
· Gerund
· Dependant clause
Finally, study Ancient Greek and gain the most valuable thing you could from it: An understanding and an appreciation for its myths, its history and its culture--a culture and a tradition that has remained a part of Western Civilization for over 2500 years; a culture and a tradition that you can explore and someday pass down to a new generation; a culture and a tradition that is already your own.

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