By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Why Study Classics?

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By "classics" I am referring to the great works of Greek and Roman civilization and their original languages.  Here is my personal list:

1. Pleasure. Or Delight. We humans were made to learn and understand. Doing so is pleasurable and delightful. That delight is a sign that we were meant to do this and that there must be something here that will benefit us and others.

2. That delight comes from a wide range of areas of learning in classics: study of philosophy, of history, of literary style, of the rhetorical arts, of architecture and archaeology, of politics, of military affairs, of cultural attitudes toward family and morality. The list goes on and on.

3. From these studies, we gain maturity, insight, perspective, breadth of vision, all of which add up to prudence, judgment, and wisdom when that is what the person is seeking.

4. That greater judgment enables us to evaluate our present lives, our present circumstances, our present social and political arrangements. Thus, classical study can lead--when it finds the right soil in the mind and heart of the student--to personal and social reform and progress today.

The study of classics enables us to take a jaundiced view of all of those trying to exploit us with various schemes and demagoguery, with their possessions, or with their power. The whole pageantry of such schemes has already been observed and dissected in the classics, which thus give us a great antidote for gullibility.
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