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Should we study Latin and Greek?

The smartest children in our country may choose to learn Greek and Latin at highschool. They learn to translate old texts from a dead language. In my opinion they could better spend their time learning languages which are more useful in life, in business, on holidays, etc.
These old texts have been translated already a thousand times. Agree? Or give me any arguments why spend time on these dead languages.

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  • Dec 13 2013: And a question for those who did study Latin and Greek: do you use it nowadays? Have you ever translated texts in those languages after your study?
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      Dec 13 2013: My daughter, who is a physicist, reads Latin regularly as a hobby. It's quite in the way someone might play chess or do recreational mathematics, I think.

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