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.

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.

What’s the Best Translation of Plutarch’s Lives?

See a side-by-side comparison of the most common Plutarch translations currently available in English. Make an informed decision about what kind of English prose you prefer as you sit at the feet of the master biographer.

What’s the Best Latin Dictionary?

Latin dictionaries can be found on desks, online, and on our phones. What’s the best Latin dictionary for you? It depends on your Latin needs…