The Greeks and Roman made sure to teach their offspring not only practical skill for getting along; they made them memorize poetry commemorating the deeds of their mythological and historical heroes. They filled their children’s minds with “useless” information, by rote, with one purpose among others: to make them members of a people, to make them one.
We cannot view classical education aright unless we factor in this element of culture.
Classics served the role of — to use the denigrated term of the day – cultural gatekeeper, a preserver of collective memories.
~Tracey Lee Simmons, Climbing Parnassus
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