Increase Your Brain Power with Classics
Consider reading and learning about
Classics to increase your brain power
capability, and expand your cultural literacy.
a big believer in each of
us developing our intellectual capabilities, I recommend classical
studies as a way to broaden your knowledge base.
Classics, or Classical Studies, deals with
and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.
Why the Classics? How could reading about
classics possibly be of practical use in increasing brain power?
Of course, I'm not advocating enrolling in
an intense university program in Greek and Latin. I'm suggesting
instead, that you consider incorporating more classical reading in your
- Because it's fun and entertaining and provides a basis for
the enjoyment of many movies, comic book heroes and video games that
contain references to classical history and mythology e.g. Troy,
Gladiator, O Brother Where Art Thou (movies), Hercules, The Fantastic
Four (comic book heroes), and God of War (Playstation2), to name a few.
- It feeds the imagination if you want to be a writer (or
aspiring blogger). J.K. Rowling author of the Harry Potter books
studied Classics and uses much classical terminology and references in
her books. The first Harry Potter book has been translated into both
Latin and ancient Greek.
- It enriches and broadens our understanding of western
culture, history and literature giving us an appreciation for where our
language and customs originated, as well as a sense of connection to
- It helps us understand the human condition and ourselves.
For instance, Greek mythology was then, and serves today as a study in
human nature, the dynamics of the human mind, human behavior, and the
forces that drive us. We learn about jealousy, love, grief, narcissism,
good and evil. It's fast tracking for Life 101.
- The skills and knowledge acquired through the study of
Classics are highly transferable to other areas. For example, the
ability to deal with precise details, to express yourself, problem
critically and manage your life are all honed and sharpened
by having studied Classics.
- So much of our medical and scientific terminology is rooted
in Classics that learning about the Greeks and Romans can facilitate
the study of anatomy, astronomy and physics. Many of our modern
sciences have Greek names because the ancient Greeks either invented
them or made significant contributions to them.
- Becoming familiar with classical literature gives us perspective
and an understanding of European and English literary genres and their
evolution. The Greco-Roman influence has had such an enduring effect on
every aspect of Western culture including languages, history, philosophy,
science, technology and art.
Interesting facts about Classics
and Classical Studies:
The first written record of
Greece and the oldest form of Greek literature is Homer's Iliad (circa
1000- 900 B.C.)
A book of maps gets its name
from Atlas, the Titan who supported the heavens on his shoulders.
The point of
vulnerability is an Achilles' heel, because the mythological warrior
Achilles had been magically protected in all but that part of his body.
Our calendar goes back to the
ancient Romans and the 7-day-week was introduced by the ancient
The statue of Abraham Lincoln
in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. was inspired by the statue
the Olympian Zeus by the Greek sculptor Pheidias. The designs on
Lincoln's armrests are a Roman symbol for justice and republican
Law schools report that their
top students come from math, the Classics, and literature rather than
from political science, economics and legal studies as one might
David W. Packard of
Hewlett-Packard was a former professor of Greek and Latin, and Chris
Martin from the band Coldplay studied The
E.D. Hirsch Jr. who is well known for
coining the phrase 'cultural
literacy' and for his theories on education states that "As
a consequence of the fact that we learn most easily when we attach the
new to the old, people who already know a lot tend to learn new things
faster and more easily than people who do not know very much."
In other words, the more knowledge and
background we have of our world and its evolution in language, history,
arts and sciences, as presented in Classics, the better a foundation we
have for learning new and current information.
What better way to cultivate and preserve
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