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The Ingenious Language by Andrea Marcolongo review – nine epic reasons to love Greek

An exhilarating argument that ancient Greek offers us uniquely ‘concise, explosive, ironic, open-ended modes of expression’

Τhe French literary colossus Marguerite Yourcenar once said that she loved ancient Greek for the richness of its vocabulary and its infinite flexibility, which was “like that of a supple, perfect body”.

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  • The Guardian

Marcolongo, an Italian writer and classics scholar, agrees. She has written a delightfully spirited yet succinct apologia for “the magnificent and elegant ancient Greek language” (translated…

Many former classics students may “shudder” as they recall “their…

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