Report Why read the ancient classics? in Miscellaneous Topics Posted November 4, 2016 On 28/4/2012 at 0:34 PM, softwareNerd said: Why would anyone want to read the ancient classics? It might seem like a rhetorical question. I even have a friend who might ask: "why read anything but classic?" I don't ask rhetorically, nor to imply that there aren't great reasons.What are those reasons? Here are three reasons: To understand history: We might read some ancient histories, but even works like Homer can indirectly give us glimpses of some culture. Just seeing what concepts and principles are expressed in an ancient work, tell us something about its surrounding culture. To understand the history of a subject: A modern book that sums up Mathematics or Physics or Politics or Philosophy as we know it today might take into account the works by ancients which were incorporated or rejected into modern science. However, going back to the classics gives one a deeper knowledge of the detailed way in which some of the concepts were discovered and "chewed". To enjoy as literature: Literature itself is timeless, and it makes sense to read the best of each age. Are these reasons valid or not? Is other good reasons? Are there bad reasons? Is there a better classification? More importantly, if you read ancient classics, or are keen to do so, then what is your personal reason? Personally I agree with you completely. I myself am a big fan of history, especially WWII, and I believe that reading ancient classics is good because we learn from different perspectives, ones that back then had a lot of weight because people backed them. Another good thing about this is that one can compare said perspectives to the ones of present day.