the Pierian Spring
against the inferior knowledge gained from other
These three aristocratic offspring of Cappadocian Christian families imbibed deeply of the Pierian spring
: all were masters of Greek rhetoric and employed their learned skills to defend and define Christian theology.
As Alexander Pope wrote in "An Essay on Criticism" in 1711, "A little learning is a dang'rous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring
." And with that quote, a case in point.
A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring
. True wit is nature to advantage dressed, What oft was thought, but ne ' er so well expresse d.
Small wonder that students in both honors and the humanities are less satisfied by the shallow stream of entertainment media when they have dipped into the Pierian Spring
Creativity and a sky-is-the-limit mentality have been hallmarks of the Pierian Spring
Academy since Joel Larus, a New York University professor emeritus, created it.
All of us know: "A little Learning is a dang'rous Thing...." Many of us know the full couplet: "A little Learning is a dang'rous Thing; / Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring
...." But the essence and the complexity of Pope's understanding emerge in the complete verse paragraph: A little Learning is a dang'rous Thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring
: There shallow Draughts intoxicate the Brain, And drinking largely sobers us again.
Older students also enroll in classes at the Pierian Springs
Academy, the Education Center on Longboat Key and many other venues.