Sophocles wants us to learn that in the face of suffering, the question of what it means to be human is not being posed to the one who suffers, but to those whose lives are comfortable and pleasant.
Thomas Jefferson is known most famously as the author of the Declaration of Independence. Hypocritically, he was also the owner of more than six hundred enslaved people. His behavior towards his fellow human beings cannot be ignored. The question is why we should still read his writings. The answer is that their impact not only on the history of our nation but on the shape of the modern world cannot be denied.
Søren Kierkegaard is an obscure author to most people. Even many scholars only have a cursory knowledge of the 19th-century Danish philosopher. So why should Kierkegaard be placed on the CLT Author Bank with the likes of Augustine, Dante, and Kant? And why should students in classical academies be well-versed in his thought?
The Classic Learning Test is shaped by the philosophers, scientists, historians, and poets. Nowhere is this more evident than in our author bank. Though no list could be exhaustive, the authors that form the basis of our test material represent some of the finest thought and artistic expression in our culture.