The World Needs Classicists!

When a student sees a lesson in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, they usually see a nice, clean lesson in a modern format, or a carefully chosen book in English translation. That is the end result of the work of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy’s mission of researching, restoring, publishing and teaching the classical liberal arts. Thirteen years, before the CLAA started, these studies were nowhere to be found. They are not taught in modern colleges or universities, and certainly not in an schools or homeschool programs. Today, they are available to students around the world (for free!) and, to … Continue

Learn to Read Classical Greek in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy

Study classical Greek in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy.

Despite the importance that Latin played in Catholic culture through the middle ages, the Sacred Scriptures were originally composed in Hebrew and Greek. They were translated into Latin by St. Jerome in the 4th century, when Latin was the “vulgar” (common) tongue of people living in the Roman empire. In the 1500s, however, interest in the original languages revived, led by the work of Catholic scholar Desiderius Erasmus, who was a close friend of St. Thomas More. In modern times the Catholic Church has urged Catholics to make use of the opportunities available today to learn the original biblical languages, … Continue

Gospel of St. John 1:6-10 (Greek)

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The lesson below belongs to the Classical Liberal Arts Academy’s Greek Reading I course. In this course, we study the Gospel of St. John in the New Testament. Students wishing to master the lesson below are to complete translation exercises daily from Greek into English and English into Greek, until every Greek word and its English meaning are memorized. Return to the Study Center Text 6 Ἐγένετο ἄνθρωπος, ἀπεσταλμένος παρὰ θεοῦ, ὄνομα αὐτῷ Ἰωάννης: 7 οὗτος ἦλθεν εἰς μαρτυρίαν, ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτός, ἵνα πάντες πιστεύσωσιν δι’ αὐτοῦ. 8 οὐκ ἦν ἐκεῖνος τὸ φῶς, ἀλλ’ ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ … Continue

Gospel of St. John 1:1-5 (Greek)

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The lesson below belongs to the Classical Liberal Arts Academy’s Greek Reading I course. In this course, we study the Gospel of St. John in the New Testament. Students wishing to master the lesson below are to complete translation exercises daily from Greek into English and English into Greek, until every Greek word and its English meaning are memorized. Return to the Study Center Text 1 Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος. 2 οὗτος ἦν ἐν ἀρχῇ πρὸς τὸν θεόν. 3 πάντα δι’ αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο, καὶ χωρὶς αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο … Continue

Learn to Read Ancient Greek in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy

In the Middle Ages, few Catholic scholars paid much attention to the original language of the New Testament Scriptures. The Latin Vulgate was established from around 360 AD as the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church, and it was treated as if it was divinely inspired by Catholics for centuries. At the time of the Renaissance, however, Catholic scholars like Desiderius Erasmus began challenging the Church to return to the study of the original languages, to study the writings actually inspired by the Holy Spirit. In 1943, Pope Pius XII published the encyclical Divino Afflante Spiritu, promoting the study … Continue