>>507727 It really depends on what interests you. For example, if you are a Westerner who wants to dive into Western literature and Western Ancient culture. Greek and Latin is best.
If you are interested in South Asian culture, Pali and Sanskrit is best.
Follow what you are interested in, or you will never find the motivation to move forward in an ancient language. Do you want to read the words of the Buddha? Words of the Bible? Words of the Quran? Words of Greek plays? Words of the Roman thinkers, historians, and philosophers? Greek Philosophy in there original form?
>>507832 Might as well ask here. How useful is knowing Latin in regards to learning the other Romance languages? I was wondering if Latin would speed up the process of learning multiple Romance languages at a time.
>>507867 Ask any linguistics major and they will tell you that learning Latin will help you in learning multiple romance languages. Latin, of course, is the root to all these languages. I have heard that Italian is the closest languages to latin, and takes the least amount of time to learn after learning Latin. Spanish/Portuguese may fall into a close second. But I'm not sure.
How "ancient" do you want the language to be? MSA (Arabic) has been practically the same for hundreds of years, and it is still used. It's like learning latin among romance language communities, except that people still study it.
>>507867 Fuck, don't do this. I'm sick of this question. If you want to learn a language, learn THAT language. If you want to be good at romance languages, learn one, then the rest will be significantly easier. As a spanish speaker who can speak a reasonable amount of portuguese, I suggest you to start with french. Then, either italian or spanish, and if you learn spanish, portuguese will be easy as fuck.
The only worthwhile reason for learning an ancient language is to improve your modern language skills. Latin and Ancient Greek seem worthwhile as they have ties to English (along with other European languages).
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