CLASSICAL EDUCATION: The Stuff You Wish You'd Been Taught

CLASSICAL EDUCATION: The Stuff You Wish You'd Been Taught

CAROLINE TAGGERT    Book Number: 86824    Product format: Paperback

Only a century ago, George Bernard Shaw could call a play Pygmalion and expect his audience to understand why. Yet in the last 20 years the number of students taking Latin GCSE has reduced by almost half and almost nobody learns Greek. Nil desperandum. Here is a book to encourage you to seek bona fide sources before you head off to the pub - nunc est bibendum. About half of modern English derives from Latin, and much of that has Greek origins so here in tasty morsels you can gen up on the Greek alphabet and everyday words with Greek roots like asterisk meaning little star and phrases like modus operandi. Religion and mythology, the Greek gods and their family tree, the underworld with the boatman Charon and the three-headed dog Cerberus; the judgement of Paris, Helen, the birth of democracy, the beginning of the golden age, and catch up on your Roman history, the literature of Ovid and Pliny, art and architecture, maths, science and inventions, medicine, the Liberal Arts and other schools of thought, Roman philosophers, games and more. From engineering and architecture to drama and democracy, the world around us is founded on the principles and discoveries of the Ancients. It's never too late to learn your Tantalus from your Tacitus. 192pp in paperback.
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