Easy-Peasy College Entrance Requirements

Here are the 1914 college entrance requirements for Holy Cross College, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. You can see the full bulletin at Google Books. Notice that one must be proficient in Latin, Greek, English, spelling, handwriting, history, and the greatest works of Western literature — before entering college. Only then can real learning begin. Tuition is a whopping $90 per year. Outrageous! If you find this site valuable, please share!

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On “The Classical Debt”

I was once describing to a non-archaeologist Hellenist colleague and friend how archaeology works in Greece. In the course of that discussion I mentioned in passing that the directors of regional archaeological offices are called “ephors” (Greek έφορος). “Really?” she asked, before exclaiming, “How cute!” I didn’t say anything, but privately I was annoyed at the remark. I guess that it is kind of neat for a Classicist, who naturally associates ephors with ancient Sparta… but is it really so remarkable that the word for “supervisor” in Greek (ancient) is also the…

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