Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin (Hardcover)
In Climbing Parnassus, winner of the 2005 Paideia Prize, Tracy Lee Simmons presents a defense and vindication of the formative power of Greek and Latin. He also shows how these languages have played a crucial role in the development of authentic Humanism, the foundation of the West's cultural order and America's understanding of itself as a union of citizens. Simmons's persuasive witness to the unique, now all-but-forgotten advantages of study in and of the classical languages constitutes a bracing reminder of the genuine aims of a truly liberal education.
Tracy Lee Simmons is a journalist who writes widely on literary and cultural matters. He holds a master's degree in classics from Oxford.