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Who needs Classical Studies today?

Who needs Classical Studies today?

Who needs Classical Studies today?

The debate on classical studies is open. It has been on the news due to the recent
decision of Princeton University to remove the knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin
as a prerequisite for the inclusion of students in the field of classical studies; in this
context, the Hellenic Foundation for Culture considers it highly significant to hold
events and interventions that will focus on this extremely important issue. According
to Nuccio Ordine, the “useful and useless” humanities studies are under pressure
around the world, due to the use of new technologies and practical sciences which
favour immediate profit; however, their importance in cultivating humanistic values
and people internally is undeniable. It is a first-class opportunity for Greece to
emerge as a world-renowned workshop for the study and promotion of classical
letters. The 18th TBF will become an excellent catalyst for a broader dialogue on the
subject of Classical Studies.