Well, we’re halfway through today. Time does indeed fly.
I haven’t always wanted to do this, but I have since at least 2007: learn Old English.
Look at the following course:
ENGL 417 Old English: This course provides an introduction to Old English, the language of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain from the sixth through the eleventh centuries, with a focus on Late West Saxon, the dialect in which the vast majority of extant Old English documents was written. The goal of the course is to give the student sufficient reading knowledge of Old English to enable him to appreciate the literature in its original language. The student will read selections from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the OE version of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History, portions of Beowulf, and The Battle of Brunanburh (A.D. 937) in its entirety. In addition to the study of Old English grammar and lexicon, consideration will be given to the historical importance of the OE period in the cultural, literary, and religious development of the English-speaking peoples.
Guess where it’s offered?
Christendom. And yes, that was my sigh of joy you heard a moment ago. Talk about earthly bliss… LEARNING OLD ENGLISH AT AN ORTHODOX CATHOLIC COLLEGE!!! That sentence alone is reason enough to make me want to go there.
Incidentally, there’s something wonderfully appropriate about the name of one of their English professors: Dr. Keats. That’s a great name for an English professor. It’s like a Latin professor named Cicero or a Greek professor named Aeschylus, except there actually exist English professors named Keats. But if there was such a thing as a Greek professor named Aeschylus I would have to forget about Christendom and go wherever he was teaching classes, because that is just too awesome.