It’s an interesting thought, will the study of the classics ever die? Unlike the study of history, or english literature, or science, there are no new works being created, and fewer and fewer unasked questions, so will we ever reach a point wherein the appeal and the motivation for studying the works has disappeared? In my opinion, no. Some would argue that whilst the nature of the discipline encourages continued analysis, for we can never truly know what Socrates meant, one could imagine that we will eventually reach a point where all possible angles and analysis have been accounted for, there will be nothing left to say. A counter to this could of course be that as time progresses that which we regard as the classical era we shift with time also, when there are no more questions to ask we will find a way to ask new questions, just as science continually looks beyond in search of ever more knowledge. Nevertheless, perhaps the values of society will change such that such a pursuit is deemed by all as not necessary (something Socrates would abhor) and our interests will change, although I very much doubt that would be the case.
December 22, 2015