SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini, de Liberorum Educatione:

“The ancients decided that reading should begin from Homer and Vergil, though it requires a firm sense of judgment to understand their virtues. But there is time enough for forming that, and these authors should not be read just once. In the meantime, the juvenile spirit will be bolstered up by the sublime qualities of the heroic song, and will conduct his spirit by the magnitude of the matter, and will be filled with the noblest notions. Even Augustine approves of this in the first book of his City of God. Yet, I do not see how you are to learn Greek when there is no teacher for it. Yet, I would still say that you should learn it, if you can. Indeed, Greek literature will lend itself in no small way to ruling better over Hungary, where there are many Greeks…

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