Why Ancient Languages Are Alive and Well. Bowdoin’s Boyd Advocates for Classical Studies

Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek Barbara Weiden Boyd took to the airwaves recently to explain why it’s still important to study ancient languages that have not been spoken for millennia. She was one of two guests on Maine Public Radio’s weekday interactive call-in show Maine Calling on April 23, 2018. The question being put before listeners statewide was “Dead Languages: Do They Really Go Extinct?”

Listen to Professor Barbara Weiden Boyd on Maine Calling.

 

2 thoughts on “Why Ancient Languages Are Alive and Well. Bowdoin’s Boyd Advocates for Classical Studies

  1. Eric v.d. Luft

    I studied six languages besides my native English: French, Latin, and Spanish in high school; French, German, Greek, and Hebrew at Bowdoin; and German in grad school. Latin is the only one I use every day. It’s the basis of English orthography, semantics, and diction.

  2. Cy Allen '66

    I took Latin in Junior High School for 3 years in Connecticut. Best thing I ever did! Should be a requirement for all secondary school students.

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