Climbing Parnassus has ratings and 62 reviews. TheRose said: This is a paradigm-shifting book. I was flabbergasted by how much I really didn’t unders. “Discussions of educational reform often involve windy talk of a “return to the classics,” yet rarely do would-be reformers go so far as to advocate a return to. Tracy Lee Simmons’s book, Climbing Parnassus, is a tour-de-force. Simmons addresses the current state of education, which is dismal, to a.

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We find one man’s thoughts sharpening another until the dross of obscurity and rawness are pounded from culture and only the highest thoughts o A book of profound insight, and yet clumbing flawed. They do not feel themselves to be active participants in our republic, and they often do not turn out to vote. Knowledge must have traceable contours. Instead, much of the book is given over to first a tracing of the shape of classical education over the centuries and then a defense of tor education as formative, not utilitarian.

He pressed particular ancient authors as essential to a true education. He then explains how monks and religious institutions saved these classical works throughout the middle-ages, only to be revived in the Renaissance. I feel that our education system has ,atin large part to do with the struggles and issues that plague our society in these days. Chapter Three seeks to diagnose the ills ‘equalitarian drunkenness’: Simmons’ book answers that nagging question, Is there really any reason to study Latin besides improving one’s SAT scores?

The Devil Knows Latin: Our brains become more capacious: In fact, ‘the mere ability to read raises to very extravagant presumptions upon the person who has it.


Chapter Two is a readable account of Greek and Latin teaching and learning from the end of the ancient world until the death of Housman, at which point, S.

A New Apologia for Greek and Latin. These must have been tedious days in school for the dull ones — but no doubt invigorating for the diligent and able. Taking the simple two-word Latin sentence Vellem mortuos “I would that they were dead”Ramsey observed that understanding this sentence aright requires fourteen intellectual turns.

To be fair, while I prefer the classical languages, you could learn any mother language, and that grewk be just as good in developing your memory.

They weren’t ‘appreciating’; they were working. Simmons demonstrates the personally cultivating and intellectually liberating qualities that study of the Greek and Latin authors in parhassus own languages has historically provided. Although I was fascinated with myth and legend when young, and took several classes concerning such fields during my education, I doubt not that these were but small sips mew the fountain of Classics. That young minds must be formed to recognize and appreciate magnificence is a point that is made soundly and eloquently throughout the book, and a point that the modern schools have nearly abandoned to their detriment.

It is amusing to see it complain about the text I paste in from this classically educated author. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. P30 The kind of education which sets of mine free from servitude of the crowd I’m from vulgar self interests. Anything less is just getting and spending. Learning Latin teaches mental discipline, assists with English vocabulary, helps us think well, stretches our minds through memorizing, cuts through obfuscation, makes us critical judges of propaganda This cannot be gainsaid: This is a paradigm-shifting book.


The classroom saw them reading Homer and Horace, counting hexameter feet and agonizing over the force of a Greek particle. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

Open Preview See a Problem? Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. But, about a third of the way in, it started getting redundant and a slog to get through. It wants to take civilization beyond simply repressing violence and wanton sexual desire, into creating something new, profound and beautiful.

No one need prove he knows anything once the spector of Appreciation enters the groves of academe Knowing how to read and write may shore up a nation’s social health, but it’s the bare minimum for a higher culture–without which any society must be judged cheap and ephemeral.

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Read all you want, but with a weak memory, you are just pouring water on a rock. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Chapter One investigates the origins of ‘liberal education’ and ‘humanism’, and their importance in the ‘Age of Microsoft’ He began his syndicated newspaper column in and his weekly television discussion program, Firing Line was syndicated in Just the shot in the arm I needed.

I also understand classical education far better as a result of this book.

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