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  1. Nov 2022
  2. Oct 2022
    1. Laudator Temporis Acti


      Michael Gilleland is an antediluvian, bibliomaniac, and curmudgeon.

      The title of the blog and Gilleland's calling himself a curmudgeon calls to mind Horace...

  3. Sep 2022
    1. A clas-sic, Italo Calvino wrote, is a work which relegates the noiseof the present to a background hum—but without renderingthat hum inaudible.



  4. Jun 2022
    1. certain sub-currents in their thought. One being the proposition that the original (or translated) texts of the most influential Western books are vastly superior material to study for serious minds than are textbooks that merely give pre-digested (often mis-digested) assessments of the ideas contained therein.

      Are some of the classic texts better than more advanced digested texts because they form the building blocks of our thought and society?

      Are we training thinkers or doers?

  5. May 2022
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  9. Dec 2019
    1. ‘I have ten thousand florins a year without Greek, I eat heartily without Greek.’

      This passage comes from Oliver Goldsmith's (1730-1774) novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), and seems to ask whether education ought to be directed squarely towards vocational training (as clear from Clerval's father's opinion), or whether learning the classical languages or literature (or "the Greeks") is valuable in itself.

  10. Sep 2018
    1. Classics Book Club

      If you are interested in reading Classic books you can join r/ClassicsBookClub on reddit where we will be hosting groups reads and discussions.

  11. May 2017
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  13. Feb 2017
    1. relic of the outmoded classical curriculumT and in olhcrs it was absorbed into the study of classics.

      Rather ironic considering how many ignored the classics.

    1. , including some works in Latin am.I Greek. Composition in the vernacular replaced Latin composition throughout the Continent, and Latin dis~ appeared almost completely from the public primary schools.
    2. They retain enough references to the heroes of the classical tradition and enough illustrations translated from great Greek and Latin works to provide an overview for scholars not versed in the originals

      Like watching the Wishbone version?

    1. Astell recommended that women study virtually every subject that men studied ex-cept for classical languages


      Just about one hundred years later, Mary Wollstonecraft publishes "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman." In addition to the denial of women from certain, albeit many, areas of discourse, she is also angered that there is no aim, no "simple principle" as she puts it, for women to strive for.

      Odd because in this age, wouldn't "male principles" derive mainly from the classical texts?