Bettany Hughes

‘An understanding of the classics, and of the civilisations of the distant past, equips the 21st-century young man and woman with something unique. With a deep, rounded and enlightened understanding of the interplay of East and West, and the multi-ethnic roots of what we call modern civilisation. Apart from the sheer joy that the intimate study of Latin and Greek brings – it also carries with it a truly invigorating internationalist value. By allowing the next generation access to this wealth, let’s hope we are remembered as an age that chose to open rather than to close minds.’