Climbing Parnassus

A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

Written by Tracy Lee Simmons, foreword by William F. Buckley Jr.

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In Climbing Parnassus Simmons presents the reader not so much with a program for educational renewal as with a defense and vindication of the formative power of Greek and Latin. His persuasive witness to the unique, now all-but-forgotten advantages of study in, and of, the classical languages constitutes a bracing reminder of the genuine aims of a truly liberal education.

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Simmons first sketches the development of educational practice in the schools of the classical and Renaissance eras. He then presents a lively narrative of the fortunes of classical learning in the modern age, including accounts of the classical tongues' influence on some of the West's most prominent writers and statesmen, including, among many others, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Thomas Arnold, Theodore Roosevelt, Evelyn Waugh, and C. S. Lewis. Simmons demonstrates the personally cultivating and intellectually liberating qualities that study of the Greek and Latin authors in their own languages has historically provided. Further, by tracing the historical trajectory of Greek and Latin education, Simmons is able to show that the classical languages have played a crucial role in the development of authentic Humanism, the foundation of the West's cultural order and America's understanding of itself as a union of citizens.

In Climbing Parnassus Simmons presents the reader not so much with a program for educational renewal as with a defense and vindication of the formative power of Greek and Latin. His persuasive witness to the unique, now all-but-forgotten advantages of study in, and of, the classical languages constitutes a bracing reminder of the genuine aims of a truly liberal education.

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Format Paperback
Pages 290
Publisher ISI Books
What They're Saying...

"This luminous book shows that writing precisely and clearly demonstrates an allegiance to civilization itself."
Jeffrey Hart,, Professor of English (emeritus),, Dartmouth College and author of The Making of the American Conservative Mind and Smiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe

"The author elucidates the values inherent in a classical education, i.e., the Greek and Latin languages and literatures, and these ideals shape this intelligent, passionate, and articulate book."
Choice

"A book that makes one feel more intelligent for having read it."
Booklist

"Tracy Lee Simmons's book is a timely reminder of how much the West has derived from its classical roots. The climb up Parnassus is eminently worth making, and this volume worth reading."
Weekly Standard

"Simmons's fascinating tour through the pedagogical history of the classics may be his chief contribution to the debate."
Washington Post

"Reading Climbing Parnassus will inspire you on to 'love and good works' including a study of the classical languages."
Homeschooling Today

"Comprehensive and eloquent without exaggeration."
Jacques Barzun,, author,, From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present

ISBN 1933859504
ISBN13 9781933859507
Eligible for Readers Club Discount Yes

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