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European Values and Ancient Languages: Latin and Greek

Europe: Remembrance and New Starts epiStoa e.G.

Most of the European Heritage has its roots in the European Antiquity, in Ancient Greece and Rome. The history of political ideas on which present day Europe resides has its roots here. Putting the dignity of human beings into the center of reflexion and attention was one of the key ideas. Virtually the entire tradition of the European Heritage has developed along two languages, Latin and Greek. This way the European Values have evolved over two millennia until they eventually made the decisive step from the history of ideas into legislation. The European Values are now formulated in Art. 2 of the EU Treaty and the basis of the fundamental human rights of all European citizens.

To foster and promote the European Values - human rights, democracy and the rule of law - as well as the impact of the Ancient Languages on modern Europe we
- have founded the cooperative epiStoa e.G. in April 2018, registered in Göttingen, Germany
- set up a network of active members in so far six European countries and spanning three generations
- set up a webSite for the information of the general public and the comunication among members
- set up an online publishing facility for the distribution of eBooks related to the goals of epiStoa
(juridical systems, the ecological way of life, comparisons of constitutions, language teaching material)
- organize an Annual Meeting including talks and workshops as well as topic-specific workshops

The goals of the epiStoa initiative are
- to show how today's world view is influenced by ideas born in European antiquity
- to follow these ideas from antiquity to the Renaissance, Humanism and the Age of Enlightenment
- to elucidate their impact on the development of European values, today's constitutions and the rule of law
- to foster the appreciation of the European values and convey them to the younger generations
- to develop teaching material intelligible to all in the following fields: basics of democracy, rule of law, constitutional law and human rights, and distribute it in various languages and countries, specifically those - like Poland and Hungary but not only - where the European Values have recently been challenged
- to promote the Ancient Languages Latin and Greek and to show
- their influence on the modern European languages
- their impact on the concepts and terminologies in medicine, laws, the humanities, natural and social
sciences, arts

At the end of October 2018 we organize a workshop to present the central topics of the epiStoa initiative as well as its current and future projects.