No spoilers (or barely).
Don’t be afraid if you haven’t seen Dracula or The Crown yet.
In one of the chapters of the former, Dracula says that almost anyone in the 21st century lives better than any 19th century king.
We don’t have to go that far back. Let us go back to the middle of the 20th century.
In the seventh episode of The Crown, Queen Elizabeth II of England is going to have a meeting with the American Eisenhower: a big deal.
Almost that entire episode of the series revolves around the queen’s insecurities about not having received a proper education (despite which one can become the longest-lived monarch of a country).
She hires a professor to give her concise and effective private lessons.
On the first day of class, the queen, in the rush of Eisenhower’s visit, wants precisely to learn about her guest: his life, his accomplishments, his interests…
The professor, taken by surprise at the suddenness of the request, asks for 24 hours to prepare for it.
Less than a century ago, one could not simply have immediate access to knowledge, not even about the life of one of the most important people in the world.
You needed a professor and they had to prepare for it.
We are not talking about rocket science. It is, plain and simple, mere biographical knowledge of a president of the United States.
Right now we can go to Wikipedia and spend several days reading endlessly about Eisenhower.
Of course, this is not the most efficient thing to do it.
Right now one can access, immediately and for free, a huge article on the insane old Greek verbal system available on Wikipedia.
Although I haven’t tried it, it’s very likely that even I couldn’t handle the article: too much raw information, no explanation, nothing to give it all cohesion and put it into practice.
Fortunately, in the 21st century there is no lack of information. Quite the contrary: there is too much information! So much that we need someone to select it, filter it, chew it.
And fortunately, it is no longer necessary to have a professor to do so. In the 21st century, you can have the best of everything: immediate access to information, selected, filtered and chewed by someone who knows.
I am not a professor, but I do know something about Latin.
That’s why I have a Latin from scratch course.
P. S. They are not private lessons, but I do explain on video all the theory and how to put it into practice.