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to think that the advantage of a classical education is that it enables you

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grovel Tue 11-Oct-11 16:08:40

in later life to despise the riches which it prevents you from attaining?

mumsamilitant Tue 11-Oct-11 16:09:43

Sorry to sound thick here but whats a "classical" education?

MumblingAndBloodyRagDoll Tue 11-Oct-11 16:10:20

How can an education of ANY sort prevent you from attaining riches?

It can't. Only other factors (to do with yourself) can prevent that.

grovel Tue 11-Oct-11 16:10:32

Emphasis on Latin, Greek etc...........

proudfoot Tue 11-Oct-11 16:11:08


hocuspontas Tue 11-Oct-11 16:11:56

Surely it helps with crosswords though.

EggyAllenPoe Tue 11-Oct-11 16:12:02

i can think of many well-monied classicists.

i don't think it hurts your income t all.

MumblingAndBloodyRagDoll Tue 11-Oct-11 16:12:49

We need you to explain your thoughts more OP.

before we take the -piss-- before we share our opinions.

MumblingAndBloodyRagDoll Tue 11-Oct-11 16:13:19



KarlaFromMoscowCentre Tue 11-Oct-11 16:14:07

My E in Latin A Level has always stood me in good stead. What would I have become if I hadn't been able to translate gravestones?

But I don't understand your point. How does a knowledge of Latin and Greek prevent you from attaining riches, and how does it help you despise those riches?

Andrewofgg Tue 11-Oct-11 16:14:08

grovel I've heard that before - please remind us whom you are quoting.

I took Latin and Greek to A level and I still read them with pleasure.

HestonMoomintroll Tue 11-Oct-11 16:19:36

I've found my classical education - A-levels in Latin, Ancient Greek, English Literature and Classical Studies - to be hugely beneficial in impressing my huge snob of a boss, which in

HestonMoomintroll Tue 11-Oct-11 16:20:04

ooh - pressed send too quickly

HestonMoomintroll Tue 11-Oct-11 16:21:24


has helped my impress my huge snob of a boss which in turn leads to attaining more riches than I may have attained otherwise.

Means I'm shit at using a laptop though

grovel Tue 11-Oct-11 16:25:25

Andrew, you probably have heard it before. I don't know where it originates from. I don't even particularly agree with it.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 11-Oct-11 16:26:21

It's a (slightly mis-quoted) Russell Green quote:

" The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving."

But do expand, OP. Why post it is you don't know who said it, nor agree with it?

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 11-Oct-11 16:27:02

it is it if

LeQueen Tue 11-Oct-11 16:27:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

zandy Tue 11-Oct-11 16:28:02

The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving. ~Russell Green

zandy Tue 11-Oct-11 16:28:34

Slower than a slow thing I am.

babyheavingmassofmaggots Tue 11-Oct-11 16:28:53

Latin is a language
In which the nouns decline
it gave the Romans problems
and now its causing mine
Its not that I'm ignorat
My efforts aren't abating
but babyheave pertaesum est
of all this damned translating.

grovel Tue 11-Oct-11 16:28:59

Hazel, the honest answer is that I probably should not have posted it (and slightly regret it). I was bored and wondered what kind of thread (if any) would develop.

reallytired Tue 11-Oct-11 16:29:50

I'm quite proud of my GCSE grade B for latin. I doult it has either helped nor hidered by job prospects. I think latin improved my spelling, (except when mumsnetting) and it was interesting learning about Roman history.

5% of what we learn at school is useful. The problem is knowing which 5%.

I have never used my knowledge of Geography or History.

gordyslovesheep Tue 11-Oct-11 16:31:50

what - not to work out where you are if you have been there before?

SunRaysthruClouds Tue 11-Oct-11 16:32:06

Yes YABU, because it doesn't.

There are many people who despise wealth who definitely have not had a classical education, and many of them post on MN. Of course they might not understand the philisophical arguments about why they despise it and clearly you do.

And I guess if you hadn't had a classical education you wouldn't have thought twice about becoming so rich and being despised (in Latin or Greek) by all those ardent scholars of the ancient world?

Phew - lucky you.

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