Author Archives: Mitchell L. Holley

Marcus Aurelius: The Philosopher King

Marcus Aurelius: The Philosopher King

 On March 17th of the year 180 A.D., the Pax Romana came to an end. During this 200 year period, Rome reached the apotheosis of its power and glory-a true golden age of human flourishing accompanied by unparalleled peace and tranquility in the Empire. This period began with the ascension of Caesar Augustus and […]

Greek Pronunciation: The Pedagogical Pertinence

Greek Pronunciation

Greek teachers find themselves in a difficult predicament in regard to the pronunciation of Greek. On one hand they have the option of teaching modern pronunciation (Demotic), and on the other, Erasmian. The primary difference between the two is in the pronunciation of vowels, but a few consonants differ as well. With Demotic pronunciation, used […]

Elysian Fields: Why Students Should Learn Greek

Why should the student learn Greek? No shortage of pragmatic reasons comes to mind, and parents and teachers will delight to know that Greek has utilitarian value, although it seems uncouth to speak of it as such. While usually a hybrid of Greek and Latin influence, most existing English words come from the Greco-Roman vocabulary. […]

The Articulated Soul: The Expressive Power of Language

Power of Language

Aristotle’s Politics, a treatise on political philosophy, explains that language is the defining feature of humanity with the old dictum “and of all the animals, only man has speech.” Unlike the other creatures in the world, man possesses the power of reason and the ability to speak; he is a language animal. As a unique […]