Classical World Volume 5

Classical World Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...culture. Commissioner Snedden's criticism of the results of the traditional training has to be met by better results in our classical teaching. When the reaction comes we must be prepared to offer to those who wish it a training for power, which our customary methods of teaching the Classics do not produce. This is generally understood, for, while the occasional scholar acts the part of the proverbial ostrich, the vast majority are awake. But being awake is not sufiicient; we must act. We must make every Latin pupil know Latin or we must know why he cannot know. If it becomes apparent that certain minds are incapable of studying Latin, this fact should be recognized and admitted, but those that are capable of studying it should get such a command of it that their Horace and their Vergil, their Juvenal and their Pliny, their Tacitus and their Livy, not to speak of their Cicero and their Caesar, should go with them not merely during the small time spent within the confines of the campus but during their whole lives. It is foolish to speak to the world about the enduring power of Horace and Vergil when to the hundreds of thousands that have read these authors almost nothing remains as a permanent possession. G. L. VITALIZING LATIN I am using a method of teaching Latin based upon what seem to me four reasonable theories. First, I believe that Latin should be vitalized with interest and enthusiasm. There is no language that gives a truer evidence of the ancients' conception that everything is alive than Latin. Yet we call it a dead language and we teach it as a dead language. Dead language though it be, if it is to have a place in our modern schools which are fitting for activity and efficiency in life, it should be taught as more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236878116
  • 9781236878113