Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Social Network and Classical Education

I just watched the Facebook movie, The Social Network and was thoroughly inspired.

What was more inspiring to me is that Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook is classically trained.

I don't know much, but from what I've read and researched, it didn't seem that he was home-schooled, a more common source of classical education.

I have sifted out my favourite quotes about the effects of his classical education from this article in the New Yorker,

Mark was not a stereotypical geek-klutz. At Exeter, he became captain of the fencing team. He earned a diploma in classics. But computers were always central.

On the phone, Zuckerberg tried to remember the Latin of particular verses. Later that night, he IM’d to tell me two phrases he remembered, giving me the Latin and then the English: “fortune favors the bold” and “a nation/empire without bound.”
Before I could point out how oddly applicable those lines might be to his current ambitions, he typed back:

again though
these are the most famous quotes in the aeneid
not anything particular that i found. ♦

Zuckerberg cites “Minimalism,” “Revolutions,” and “Eliminating Desire” as interests.


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