Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Classics is the branch of humanities comprised of languages, literature, art, philosophy, history, archaeology and other culture of the ancient Mediterranean civilization, particularly Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece; and

Whereas The Classical languages of Latin and Greek form the foundation of the English language and the romantic dialects; and

Whereas The core curriculum of classics utilizes the study of Greek, Latin, or the Classical tradition and provides a deeper insight into the origins of grammar, syntax, style and the heritage of Western communication by students; and

Whereas Modern society is indebted to the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome for their lasting influence on our languages, laws, literature, government, and the arts; and

Whereas Massachusetts encourages its students to study and explore the Classics’ as a way to better understand and value world history and modern culture,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 15th – 21st, 2012,  to be

Massachusetts Classics Week

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twelfth day of April, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
               By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                     
Governor of the Commonwealth           

William Francis Galvin               
Secretary of the Commonwealth  

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts