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From:ricardienne
Date:February 12th, 2013 02:01 pm (UTC)
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German first. Most programs in the US require you to pass a reading in German and either French or Italian. Partly, it's because the latter two it's assumed that if you can do one you can do the other, at least under the pinch of necessity!

But German is harder, and also a really fundamental scholarly language in just about every area of classical studies. There are always seminal articles to read in German, not to mention Pauly's and the big reference grammars. And since it isn't a Latin-descendent, it's harder to learn properly (and -- I speak from sad experience -- it's hard to find the time to learn it once you're in a graduate program).
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From:lysimache
Date:February 12th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Agreeing with everyone else: you will need both, and French is easier to pick up than German. I am very grateful my 13 year old self decided to add German as a third language, because it would've been much harder to learn later. (Latin was second of course.)
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