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  • Someone from Alpharetta, United States
    Someone from Alpharetta, United States Hey y'all,
    I'm just a student who enjoys reading and analyzing the classics. Read the Iliad and the Odyssey in 4th grade and have been hooked since. Would love to help anyone in any way that I can.
    2 years ago
  • Someone from London, United Kingdom
    Someone from London, United Kingdom Hi! I have a Classics degree from Cambridge (specialised in Linguistics and Textual Criticism/Palaeography) and a year of study in Oxford (including early Greek lit, Hittite and comparative religion). I've been doing Latin for 16 years, and Greek for 6, with some bits of other Classically related languages along the way (Linear B, a bit of Vedic, a bit of Akkadian and Sumerian, a smidge of Ancient Egyptian).

    Classics should be on Socratic because I think it is one of the most multi-purpose subjects there is - it has a wide range of disciplines within it, and it stretches the mind in all sorts of ways, as well as being completely fascinating. The fact that we can read something written nearly 3000 years ago is something that I think astounds most people, and being able to have that insight into the lives of people that long ago - be it the stories they wrote, what clothes they wore, food they ate, gods they worshipped or how their speech sounded - is something that should be embraced and enjoyed.
    2 years ago


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