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Climbing Parnassus

A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

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

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A defense and vindication of the formative power of Greek and Latin, and a bracing reminder of the genuine aims of a truly liberal education.

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

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In Climbing Parnassus, Tracy Lee Simmons presents a defense and vindication of the formative power of Greek and Latin. He also shows how these 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. 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.

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“This luminous book shows that writing precisely and clearly demonstrates an allegiance to civilization itself.”—Jeffrey Hart, professor of English emeritus, Dartmouth College

“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

“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

“A well-crafted plea not so much for buckling on the armor of the classics, but a return to humility.”—Washington Times

“Comprehensive and eloquent.”—Jacques Barzun, author of From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present

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