elakbar wrote:Can you tell me please from which countries you are and why you learn ancient Greek? I am Greek and i want to see the reason why you learn and why the Greeks donot want to learn.
This response may be a bit longer than you wanted but I'll tell you exactly why I started studying ancient Greek.
I'm from the United States. My interest in ancient, specifically Attic, Greek started with my being fascinated with Republican Rome. As I learned Latin and read more and more Cicero and Seneca, the importance of of Greek influence on the Republic and what I see as its primary philosophy, Stoicism, became even more clear to me. The more I read, the more I came to appreciate how intertwined the two cultures were.
As my reading interest broadened, I bought a copy of Nicomachean Ethics. Though I wouldn't say that Aristotle "changed my life," that book in particular has had a great impact on the way I think about a great number of things. Aristotle says that all creatures should practice most the abilities given to them alone and contemplation (study, exercise of the mind) is given to humans alone. Therefore if we are to make appropriate use of abilities, we will use them to their fullest in the pursuit of some noble goal. Further, contemplation itself is a noble goal. So then by using our minds to their fullest we ensure that we do not squander our gift and simultaneously take part in an activity that is both means and end, perfect and worthwhile in itself.
Soon after accepting this as truth, it happened that I was offered an opportunity to enroll in an accelerated Attic Greek course at the university where I work. I signed up for the class and the rest, as they say, is history.
Aside from all the stuff I talked about before about study itself being worthwhile and whatnot, I'll sum up another reason I study Greek.
1. I want to be a good, knowledgeable citizen of "Western" culture.
2. To be a good citizen of a culture one must understand that culture.
3. To understand a culture one must have a good knowledge of the origin of that culture.
4. To understand the origin of my chosen culture, a knowledge of the history of Greece is fundamental.
5. To understand history, one must understand as much as possible the minds of the people who create and record that history.
6. As the mind is in great measure influenced by the language it uses, to understand best the minds of the people who created and recorded history one should at least be familiar with the language these historical people use.
Therefore, I study Greek and Latin. I'd study more languages if I had more time.
Besides, what else am I gonna do? Get stoned and play video games all the time?