How Jack Perfected His Greek
C.S. Lewis learned Greek through grammar-translation, but perfected it by drinking in large gulps from the original authors. A technique that may be worth trying with our own students.
New Year’s Rolling Resolutions
Some of my resolutions roll over form year to year. Any decent habit can be improved. See what I did this year to make more room for reading in my life.
Five Recommended Reads when Teaching the Iliad
Teaching the Iliad is epic, but this background reading can do much to bring it alive for an interested teacher who doesn’t know Greek.
A Short History of Latin Teaching Methods
Fr. Most, a mid-20th-century Jesuit Classics professor in Iowa, wrote a Latin textbook that broke many precedents about how to teach Latin. To prepare the students and teacher who would use his book, he begins by outlining the history of the different methods of teaching Latin. I find it to be a helpful perspective in the Acquisition vs. Analytical debate about learning Latin.
Plutarch as Antidote and Introduction
Do we study history to predict the future or deeply analyze human nature? Plutarch as a biographer helps us see the real reasons we study history even when we’re young.
Why Does Plutarch Compare Greeks with Romans?
Plutarch’s parallel biographies end with a comparative essay of the Greek and Roman hero. Why does Plutarch compare Greece and Rome? How should we go about reading these appended essays to get the most out of them?
Where Can I Find the Best Maps for Reading Plutarch?
Reading Plutarch and getting lost in the place names? Looking for the best and cheapest maps for studying the Ancient World? Read on for resources!