The Liberating Effect of Classical Education

“Even if all one has gained from a classical education were to be forgotten in later life, anyone trained, at least for a time, to view the world as the Greeks and Romans saw it may learn to ask pregnant questions.  And even if the ancient answers be rejected, the student—of whatever—will know what they are, and approach his own world with freshened vision, one no longer blinkered by ideology and the reigning fashion.  He would have a liberal, because liberating, education indeed.  No longer would he be be imprisoned exclusively within the velvet walls of his own world’s preoccupations and fetishes.  No longer would he be just and only a child of his own time,” (Tracy Lee Simmons, Climbing Parnasssus:  A New Apologia for Greek & Latin, 22).


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