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Climbing Parnassus 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. Tracy Lee Simmons’s 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.
'“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.” —The Weekly Standard“Simmons’s fascinating tour through the pedagogical history of the classics may be his chief contribution to the debate.” —The 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'
Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ORD)