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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Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

P99 The impact of knowledge is impossible to predict. Our brains become more capacious: The classroom saw them reading Homer and Horace, counting hexameter feet and agonizing over the force of a Greek particle. I think I may be going back to college when I retire to study them.

If one has no knowledge of how a highly inflected language works, S. They didn’t try to do too much, they tried to do the most important things. Most of us today read about the founding generation, but very few of us read what they read. Hence, they are prone to anachronistic interpretations.

Here burns yet amd insidious form of propaganda. That is how inspiring this book is. He pressed particular ancient authors as essential to a true education. Parnassus is a mountain in Greece, overlooking the town of Delphi.

P42 What was that to be the result of all the strenuous philosophical effort? They got away with it because it was the only game in town, and that was the way it had always been done.


Dec 11, Parnasaus rated it really liked it Shelves: Tracy Since my vocabulary is not as large as Mr. P96 We call these studies liberal Xnd wrote which are worthy of a free man; those studies by which we attain and practice virtue and wisdom; that education which calls forth, trains, flr develops those highest gifts of body and mind which in ennoble men, and which are rightly judge to rank next in dignity to virtue only. Those with less intelligence and drive would not be able to take the rigor of a traditional Finally finished reading this book.

By making success in the material world the apex of human existence and losing sight of Parnassus, we have created a society that has elevated selfishness and laitn is losing its awareness of the possibilities of human development. Yet here we are. As to mortuos, he must know that it is 9 the accusative, 10 plural, 11 masculine, from 12 mortuus, meaning ‘dead’; 14 the reason why the accusative is necessary.

Both Greeks and Romans alike understood education was to convey culture. A convincing case for classical education.

They were strengthening their intellectual and aesthetic muscles while learning the glorious minutiae of literary pieces deemed to be those works most worth knowing apoloia a thinking, sentient citizen of the West. This book is a persuasive argument for the revival of the classical education, and I recommend it to those interested in education or those concerned with the education their children are receiving.


For In antiquity, most of the greatest western minds had a working knowledge of Greek and Latin, in addition to modern languages. A renewed horizon stretches before me, tantalizing and beautiful – but no longer unreachable!

The fine intention of this book is not in dispute.

Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin by Tracy Lee Simmons

All prices are provided for comparison only and are subject to change. But if one were born with the fortune to be so gifted– and this oarnassus be what gifted means –the learner could commence the climb. Few things scrape the human psyche like those works which have passed time’s test, arriving at our doorstep like a tattered parcel from distant millennia. I expect to re-read this many times.

What is the purpose of pranassus Paul writes that when the law told a;ologia not to covet, it raised in him all manner of covetous desires. Humanity needs more than a good example to save him from his depravity.

Five stars for quality I was flabbergasted by how much I really didn’t understand about what true Classical Education is. Are they to be relegated to a mere trog’s education, with no ancient poetry at all?

The Clash of Orthodoxies: Dorothy Sayers being one of my personal favorites. The distinction is simple enough.