Nothing is Sacred: Except for the old pillar that holds the building(A response to Dr. Peter Rowley)Dear Dr. Rowley, I am but a humble student of Classics far removed from the location in whichthis debate is taking place. I have only my voice, and no pull amongst students or faculty anywhere.Furthermore, I am writing this response in lieu to the behest of my own person, not the backing of anygroup, not even the one pertaining to the saving of Classics are Royal Holloway. Allow me to say, inaddition, that before this group came about, I had neither the slightest clue nor cared to know of anyuniversities like the afore-mentioned. Why do these trivial facts matter to you? It matters because onecannot effectively counter a man he does not know; and now that we are acquainted (for I have readabout you indeed), I will resume my apology (in the Greek sense, of course) to your post.First and foremost, you are absolutely right; about everything. Integration does not meandisappearance of the department, men not of Classics are just as smart, or even more so than thosewithin it. We classicists (forgive the title, I am a mere student, but this is more a point than a show of hubris) are more romantic than most, love good rhetoric and look down on other departments for theirhighly constituted courses that teach job-specific skills. Yes, Dr. Rowley, we can craft a lovely sentence,appreciate the boring phrasing of the Republic and form the backbone of a department in decline notonly at Holloway, but around the world. That said, are you not doing the same thing by writing that ourdepartment is not worth keeping intact? Would you not defend your department if it were to beintegrated with a related science? You would indeed, and reckon your grammatical composition wouldindeed increase if you thought that with your next letter there was not only an appeal for justice, buthope for the future success of your petition. I hope you will approve of the epitome I made of yourarguments, and understand that I have read them carefully,considering their ponderous words youplace forth. I hope that you can grant me the courtesy of listening to my own words.Classics is important because we have been studying it since man was man; we look to Rome, itlooked to Greece, and it looked to Persia, which undoubtedly looked further back into the unknownreaches of unrecorded history. But what is important about Classics is not History, we have adepartment for that. What is important is that there are men who learn from the wisdom of others;thatthere is a need to understand ourselves as human beings, and that the classicist addresses that problem.Yes, Dr., Philosophers do that; but the men whom I study as a classicist are those who begun the studyof philosophy, not only that, but of biology, astrology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, etc. There is noscience or art (you may argue all you want but dig deep enough, and you will find the connection) thatdoes not derive from the mind of the wondering man, these original thinkers embodied in the likes of Pythagoras, Lysis, Socrates or Plato. These studies, Dr., highly romanticized indeed, provided the basis of our modern world; yet we humans, encased in the hubris of our limited professions, pretend to knowthat which we dont know. Indeed, we think that now we have no need for the original thinkers;for wehave men who specialize in all fields they of old had to research on their own; and thanks to that we aremuch more advanced that we have ever been. I would argue, Dr., that we are in a state of scientificadvance far beyond our wildest imagination, and yet we suffer a retardation of the mind that inhibitsour ability to be people; to care for our constituents, and promote freedom and justice in the world.