I’m interning at an archive and I love it, I’m currently digitalizing one of the photo collections. So, was Latin or Ancient Greek easier to learn? Sorry about all the questions, as I mentioned early I don’t know anyone into classics so it’s nice to hear from someone who is and who took courses in both Ancient Greek and Latin.
Thank you so much for digitalizing photos! I love looking through collections of historical photographs online (for example, the Smithsonian’s Freer/Sackler has wonderful materials from the excavations of Persepolis in the Ernst Herzfeld collection). It must take a lot of work to scan and organize everything, especially if you’re handling delicate objects. I would be so afraid that I would drop a photographic plate or tear something…
I think Latin was easier to learn because it’s closer to English in certain ways, such as the alphabet or the vocabulary (since so many Latin roots are in English words or in English through French). Latin is relatively simple to spell and pronounce, without the silent letters and vowel shifts that have plagued English. And of course you sound like you’re reciting hexes when reading poetry aloud, which is fun. Ancient Greek has diacritical marks as well as a different alphabet, so I found it more challenging to remember correct spellings (I don’t think I ever completely got a handle how the accent marks shift syllables).
Some people claim Ancient Greek is easier to learn, but I think that’s just a point of pride because they learned it first. Greek grammar seemed more complicated to me (oh my God, the verbs), and it has some annoying quirks that are difficult to analogize in English. But I also started to understand why philosophy makes so much more sense in Greek (I mean, other than the fact that the Greeks invented it). You can be very specific in Ancient Greek in ways that are impossible in English due to the way that Greek uses articles (you can turn pretty much anything into a noun by sticking an article in front of it).
If you’re interested in learning Ancient Greek or Latin, I wrote a post a while back with some resources and tips: https://didoofcarthage.tumblr.com/post/150705107929/hello-you-said-to-the-other-anon-you-learned