Greetings, and welcome to my internet home!
Over the past three-odd years of learning ancient languages, I have found few blogs devoted to this niche. There are many blogs about learning Greek, Latin, or Hebrew (mostly written by classicists or biblical scholars), and these are superb. But I wanted to fill a niche for blogs about all ancient tongues.
Though they are often deemed so, I prefer to not call Greek, Hebrew, and Latin “dead languages.” Greek is still very much alive, though quite unrecognizable from Homer and Aeschylus. Hebrew, despite its near-two-milennia death, also has a pulse. But even the dialects I am studying, which are long-“dead,” are very much alive. They continue to live on in their students. Call me sentimental, but I just don’t like the connotation of “dead.”
I will read anything you give me, but I am more interested in religion, philosophy, and myth than in histories or legal documents. In the ancient world, the lines between these categories were not at all clear. But I would like to be upfront about my biases.
Most of all, I hope to blog my way through various resources for students of ancient languages, from commentaries and dual-language editions to lexicons and grammars. I hope to provide insight and advice for others walking down this path. Most of all, I hope you will join me.
A preview of what is to come:
- Some introductory posts on how I got into each of my three languages.
- A series on working through Philippians in Greek with the help of Jerry Sumney’s reader.
- Some thoughts on Jerome’s translation of the Hebrew Bible and how they are presented in Scott Goins’ Vulgate Old Testament Reader.
- A series on the Ten Commandments in Exodus and Deuteronomy.