The Classical world captivates me enormously, especially the Greek elements. I have been learning Attic Greek for a couple of years, and I am nearly at the point where I can read the Socratic dialogues of Plato in the original with some help from a dictionary.
I love ancient languages and am familiar with the basics of Latin, Akkadian, Hebrew, Old English, Sanskrit and a few others. However, my unequivocal favourite is Greek. I have a few of the Loeb bilingual books, and thoroughly enjoy reading the comedies of Aristophanes. They are not only earthily funny, but have an immediacy of engagement with a Classical Greek mind I haven't quite found in the more serious plays of Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides.
Greek philosophy is incredibly exciting. The "scientific" approach of the Ionic philosophers that survives is a window on ancient minds at the cutting edge. But my ultimate hero is always going to be Socrates. The earlier dialogues in particular, where he knows nothing except his own ignorance, are more than profound. The ones that end in aporia remind me somewhat of zen koans, where one realises that one's mind is of the realm of language and description rather than of reality. I also find Socrates' espousal of non-violence even to one's enemies truly beautiful.
It is my hope that this site will enable me to learn more about beauty of classical languages, and I humbly hope also to be able to help others in this regard.