The formation of intelligence through Greco-Latin literature and its survival

La formación de la inteligencia a través de la literatura grecolatina y su pervivencia

Luis Arenal López


Although the classical languages and literatures of Greece and Rome enjoy great prestige, they are increasingly neglected in mainstream curricula. This work aims to analyse the principal reasons behind this situation. To do so, it turns to the thoughts of different specialists who have considered the issue in depth. Their opinions cover a wide array of perspectives, but they all agree on one key point: the scant attention usually paid to texts in the teaching of Greco-Latin literature. Scholars have tended to focus on context, therefore obscuring the texts: they pay more attention to morphological, syntactic, historical, literary, and metric aspects than to the texts themselves. Means have thus become ends, with tangible and unfortunate consequences. As a solution to this, we propose returning the texts to the centre of the classroom, through reading —in full if possible— and discussion of the original works. This way, Greek and Latin language studies will achieve a greater relevance, precisely because they would allow a deeper and more direct knowledge of the classics.

Please, cite this article as follows: Arenal López, L. (2021). La formación de la inteligencia a través de la literatura grecolatina y su pervivencia | The formation of intelligence through Greco-Latin Literature and its survival. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 79 (278), 51-58.

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Luis Arenal López. Doctor of Latin Philology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Head of Baccalaureate at the Colegio Tajamar, Madrid. Honorary Collaborator in the Department of Classical Philology of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.