An early 19th century liberal education mandated studies in classical literature, now abandoned — and sometimes scorned — in most “universities.”
Grandfathers Father, Ralph the First, studied for the ministry at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where Greek and Hebrew were part of the curriculum. Grandfather was about four years old.
Ralph the First would pace the floor, reciting his lessons and, as youngsters that age do, Grandfather absorbed it and was a source of amusement from time to time, pacing the floor and reciting Greek and Hebrew.
But it didn’t stick and Grandfather remembers none of it now. But, virtuous soul that he is, he does remember a little of the Latin he studied in high school: amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant (that is: I love, you love, he/she loves, etc.).
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
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