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Transcription from John Stuart Blackie (1809 –1895), On the Advancement of Learning in Scotland (1855) The living Greek language, though modern in name and organism, is, beyond all question, ancient in the greater part of its materials—more ancient, unquestionably, than that Attic form of the Hellenic tongue, which gives its colour to by far the more important part of the ancient Greek literature which we possess. The student of Komaic, therefore, is not learning merely the most recent form of the language of Homer, but he is learning in part also a form of that language more ancient than Homer himself, and a form, of course, which the most exclusive devotee of things ancient is not entitled to look on as foreign to the narrow range of his peculiar speculation. Taken from, On the Advancement of Learning in Scotland A Letter to The Right Honourable The Lord Provost and Town Council of Edinburgh, Patrons of the University, Edinburgh, Sutherland and Knox, 1855, p14-15