On the evenings of October 10 and 11, 1999, the A&E cable network broadcast a list of “The 100 Most Influential People of the Past 1000 Years,” selected by a “Blue Ribbon Panel.” 10. Galileo, 9. Copernicus, 8. Einstein, 7. Karl Marx, 6. Christopher Columbus, 5. William Shakespeare, 4. Charles Darwin, 3. Martin Luther, 2. Isaac Newton, 1. Johann Gutenberg. This small group includes a poet, a theologian, a social philosopher, an inventor, a discoverer and five scientists. (Similar lists also privilege science.) The list includes atheists and believers, Catholics, Protestants and Jews. They are all Europeans and all men. The A&E narrative emphasized their curiosity and creativity. I noticed another trait they shared. They all studied Latin. They all had a classical education.