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Salve! χαῖρε! The faculty members of the Department of Classics & Early Christian Literature at Ave Maria University use this space to share about the life of the department. We also enjoy passing along links and quotations of general Classical interest.
  • October 1, 2012 2:48 pm

    Latin and Greek and Pope Benedict XVI

    An excerpt from Joseph Ratzinger, Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977, trans. Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis (Ignatius), 22-23: With our move to Traunstein, however, new and serious concerns entered my life. A few days after our arrival the school opened its doors. I now entered the first class in the “humanistic gymnasium”, what today would be called the “gymnasium for classical languages”… Latin, as the foundation of one’s whole education, was then still taught with old-fashioned rigor and thoroughness, something I have remained grateful for all my life. As a student of theology later on, I had no difficulty in studying the sources in Latin and Greek, and, at the time of the Council in Rome, although I had never attended lectures in Latin, I was quickly able to take part in the discussions conducted in the theological Latin then spoken. (image via Wikipedia)