Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The conversation turned upon ancient languages and classical education. L.N. said:Hat tip: Ian Jackson.
'When I studied and read a great deal of Greek, I could easily understand almost any Greek book. I used to be at the examinations in the Lyceum, and saw that nearly always the pupil only understood what he had learnt beforehand. He did not understand new passages. And indeed, at school for every fifty words that were learnt at least sixty-five rules were taught. In such a way one can't learn anything.'