Exploring the Influence of Classical Languages on the Modern World
March 15, 2018


Language helps us understand the world, it helps us communicate with one another, and it helps us to pass on our traditions, both through spoken word and through writing. It’s estimated that there are roughly 6,900 languages in use around the world today, and many of those languages derive from a select few, known as “classical languages.”

According to linguist George L. Hart, a classical language is one that is “ancient… has an independent tradition that arose mostly on its own, not as an offshoot of another tradition… and must have a large and extremely rich body of ancient literature.”

Some of the oldest classical languages still in use today include Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Persian, Chinese, Sanskrit, Arabic, and Tamil.

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia as we explore the importance of continuing to learn about classical languages in the modern era.

Part of the Pamela and Ajay Raju Foundation Young Friends of the World Affairs Council Program Series
The Pamela and Ajay Raju Foundation

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Thursday, March 15, 2018 - Evening

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
One South Broad Street, Suite 2M
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5:30 p.m. Registration opens and reception
6:15 p.m. Program
7:30 p.m. Conclusion


Young Friends Members and Students
• Program and reception:  $5 or Lecture Pass

• Program and reception: $15 or Lecture Pass

General Public
• Program and reception: $25

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