Translations and Language

This post over at First Things got me thinking about languages and translations. (My mind wandered off in a different direction than the post itself eventually takes.) I wonder if the waning interest in the great works of classical literature in the culture at large is related to the decline in learning of Latin and Greek. I suspect that it is. After all, these works were considered to be among the greatest, if not the greatest themselves, of all literature for centuries. And within the last century or so, they seem to have fallen by the wayside hand-in-hand with the decline in Latin and Greek education. I wish now that I had a greater interest in learning Latin or Greek as a child; I might have actually picked up something useful.

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