"You GET to take Latin": On the Benefits of Classical Studies in the 21st Century - The Heights School
LECTURE SERIES “You GET to take Latin”: On the Benefits of Classical Studies in the 21st Century

Spend an evening with Myers and Yaceczko. Few people speak Latin; even fewer speak ancient Greek. Why do we study these languages here at The Heights? Why do we R E Q U I R E our students to study Latin? Is it out of a quaint fascination with the old and the ancient? Or, are there both practical and noble, servile and liberal, reasons to study not only the languages of the ancients but their texts as well?

Join Heights Classics Department teachers Justin Myers and Lionel Yaceczko for an evening devoted to the Classics.  Parents who are curious, intrigued, or ambivalent about our approach to Seneca, Cicero, Vergil and Homer, please join us.


Teaching at The Heights since 2002, Justin Myers has lived in the Washington area nearly all his life.  He attended Holy Redeemer School in Kensington, Maryland, and Georgetown Prep.  He earned a B.A. in classics and psychology from Boston College and an M.A. in Latin at the University of Maryland.  Prior to coming to The Heights, Justin taught at St. Hugh’s School and DeMatha High School.  In addition to his classics responsibilities this year, he continues as the head coach of the cross-country and track team. He currently lives in Olney with his wife, Meredith, and his three children.

Lionel Yaceczko joined The Heights faculty in 2014, ten years after teaching his first class, 8th grade English (Drama) to South Side Chicago boys in 2004. He has taught at all ages from seven to seventy at the secondary and postsecondary levels, as well as summer programs for inner city boys in both Chicago and DC. Lionel’s research is focused on Late Antiquity (ca. AD 180–800). He has also worked in academic publishing, having copyedited, composited, proofread, or indexed four books now available from Harvard University Press. Look for his book reviews on The Heights Forum, and a new article on a hoard of 4th-century Roman coins in Studies in Late Antiquity (May, 2017). Lionel lives in Laurel with his wife Janet and children Stanislaus, Sarah, Thom, and Lio.

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