Please help us save Greek in Copenhagen

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Dear Prof. Ulf Hedetoft, Dean of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen,

We urge you to maintain a full programme of Ancient Greek instruction for undergraduates (and others) at Copenhagen, bearing in mind the following considerations:

1. It is beyond contemplation that Copenhagen should be the only capital of a major European country without full-service Classics provision.

2. The teaching of Greek, together with that of other Classical subjects, fills a national and strategic need for cultural awareness and knowledge, as your Faculty has already acknowledged.

3. The Copenhagen Greek and Latin department is a beacon of outstanding scholarship internationally. Classicists around the world benefit richly from, for instance, the results of M.H. Hansen’s Polis project and S. Ebbesen’s projects on the Aristotelian tradition.

4. Because all western nations alike share the heritage of Greek and Roman antiquity, research excellence in this field makes a profound international impact it is difficult for other arts and humanities subjects to achieve. Furthermore, compromise to the Classics dept. in Copenhagen means compromise to the department’s international partners and collaborators too. The subject as a whole will be poorer without Copenhagen.

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  • Andreas Konstantinou
    Andreas Konstantinou Cyprus, Nicosia
    May 13, 2017
    May 13, 2017
    An understanding of the past is necessary to guide us to the future.
  • Eleni Skaltsa
    Eleni Skaltsa Greece, Athens
    Mar 04, 2017
    Mar 04, 2017
    skaltsa@pharm.uoa.gr
  • CHARLOTTE HANMANN
    CHARLOTTE HANMANN Sweden, Tidaholm
    Dec 13, 2016
    Dec 13, 2016
    Yes Of Course Ancient Greek should be maintained ! at the university of Cph. Had we lived by those old greec writers thinkers there would not have been any religious quarrels and fight among religious people : we would have been elevated from Fear of Terror etc etcand what do they at at the dept. where to be priests,vicars etc the bible was written in Greec anyway later translated into Greec. And Grec culture is the base of us all in Western societies good literature is based on Greec myths, good literature and visual art are founded on Greec art, and how about getting a basic cultural education isn t what universities ought to do ?Or do you want universities to be factories for specific science problems to be used outside the university as now used by firms all over? and how about a slow life ? anyway all of these points above underline the necessity of maintaining the old culture for younger generations to know their background.sincerely
  • Aurele Feynman
    Aurele Feynman United States, Phoenix
    Sep 29, 2016
    Sep 29, 2016
    Where Greek goes today, Latin goes tomorrow.
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