Students work to keep Louisville...classical?

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by Rachel Platt

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 7:42 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- You’ve heard Keep Louisville Weird, how about Keeping Louisville Classical?

A local group of students are trying to keep the past alive and well.

At the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft on West Main Street-- a trip back in time.

Dr. John Hale from the University of Louisville is reading book two of the Iliad by Homer and it is all complete with musical accompaniment.

He's one of 100 featured readers who will finish the epic 24 book poem about the Trojan War by Saturday.

The poem is complex, but the point is simple, Keep Louisville Classical; all in thanks to students from the Louisville Classical Academy.

Students are reciting part of it in English and in Greek.

These students take both Latin and Greek – it’s part of the curriculum here at the school near U.S. 42 and Prospect, Ky. It opened just a few years ago.

The Iliad is the earliest surviving written work from ancient Greece.

It's this book that changed the course of life for the school's founder Marcia Cassidy.

The former attorney read it in her mid forties and thought what if for a classical school.

Seventy-five children grades three through 12 are now enrolled at  Louisville Classical Academy. They learn the basics and the classics and they love it.

They say all roads lead back to the Iliad -- from literature, to language to culture.

They say it's hip to be classical,  and it's hip to read Homer.
 


 

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