The Harvard Graduates Magazine, 1894-1895, Vol. 3 (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from The Harvard Graduates Magazine, 1894-1895, Vol. 3The most splendid chapter in modern history is that which tells of the rise of the New Learning in Europe and in England. It has all the unspeakable charm of spring, and all the glory of awakening life which Michael Angelo drew on the vaulting of the Sistine Chapel and called the creation of Adam. Men struggled up out of the darkness of...
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the Middle Ages with much sore labor. That they won through as they did was due to the bringing up from their hiding places all that was left of the writings and the art of Rome and Greece. In the fragments of these two great literatures were revealed the thought, the beauty, and the history of a high and long forgotten civilization. The discovery roused the intellect of Europe from its long sleep. For centuries this awakening was called the revival of learning; and the burst of genius in literature and art and thought, which followed hard upon it, has never been equaled in richness of production or in exuberance Of life. Small wonder is it that mankind felt a pro found gratitude to the literatures which had thus led them to the light. It was natural enough that under such conditions they should have looked upon learning as a knowledge of the classics, and should have defined a classical as a liberal education.Thus it came to pass that a liberally educated man was one educated in the classics, and a man who did not know the classics, no matter what his other acquirements, stood without the sacred pale. This definition of a liberal education has lasted to our own time, and technically it is still correct. Yet we all know that there has been a widespread revolt in practice from the old and classic theory. To my thinking, the pendulum has now swung too far. Mere knowledge of the Latin and Greek literatures no longer makes or can make a liberal education, but Greek and Latin nevertheless ought to be a part of it. To read Greek and Latin is always and at the least an accomplishment and a refine ment. The key which opens the door to the Iliad should be forced into the hand of every boy seeking the higher education.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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