A: You can tell a lot about a classical scholar just from whether or not they translate the Greek and Latin passages they quote in their scholarship.
B: If they do?
A: Then they believe that Classics is a vital humanistic discipline that contributes to our understanding of world cultures and has something to contribute beyond the narrow confines of the field.
B: And if they don’t?
A: They think it’s a stamp collecting club with a “Members only” sign on the door

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