Monday, December 15, 2008

THE COMEBACK OF CLASSICAL LATIN: The Internet and the Resurgence of Classical Languages

Mercatornet speaks on the combined virtues of the Internet in aiding the comeback of classical Latin:  equaluty of opportunity,  and a no-nonsense system of rewards. 

I studied classical Latin,  in Independent study,  for 2 years,  with my Professor,  Robert Thomas McDonald ( Fairleigh Dickinson University,  New Jersey),  which included the translating of the letters of Seneca,the Stoic philosopher,    to his student,  Marcelius,  and I will say that the language is beautiful,  to speak, hear, and write;  it deepens ones connection with the human history and antiquity;  it makes one understand the meaning of many daily words,  whose roots lie in classical Latin;  and it helps discipline the mind.  The return of study and knowledge of  classical Latin as a mark of the refined mind is long overdue.  I can count on the fingers of one hand those whom I know who can speak or write even the sparsest amounts of the beautiful old language,  but these I respect and hold in highest esteen.  And rightly so.  Bravo,  to the comeback. EN EVANT!  

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