Why Study Classics1 ?
"As for pursuing it as a major, it is an excellent basis for several subsequent graduate programs. History, English, Law, Medicine, Philosophy, Music, Languages, etc... And if that's not your goal, it still has its benefits..... I know my way around computers... and the fact that I didn't come from a Computer Science-based background means that I can help people more easily than someone with a more technical background, simply because we are speaking the same 'language.'"To get an education you could work beside your parents in the family business or apprentice yourself to the master of a craft. Either would prepare you for a productive life. Some would suggest, however, this isn't really education, but training, the difference being that an education draws you out (from LAT. educere) and provides you with mental tools, as well as instilling information. Better than other courses of study (because it's so well-rounded) Classics provides you with just such tools for work and further learning, insight into yourself, skills, and information. Some would argue that even if you intend to continue the family's dry cleaning business or become a carpenter, you would be better off with a Classical background.
Ancient/Classical History Forum
While its focus is the literature and language of Classical Greece and Rome, Classical Studies cover Greco-Roman history and may also include Egypt, Israel, and Mesopotamia, as well as Koine (New Testament) and Byzantine Greek, and Medieval Latin. Classical studies touch on religion, art, philosophy, drama, poetry, science, astronomy, mythology, geography, mathematics, archaeology, politics, law, and gender studies. Almost everything we know has an antecedent or counterpart in the Classics. That in itself is an excellent reason for study.
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1 When you hear the word "classical" you may think of the corpus of time-honored literature which includes Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Jonathan Swift, Flaubert, and Dickens, or the approach to teaching based on the the trivium and popularized in the twentieth century by Anglican mystery writer Dorothy Sayers. While some of the great "Classical" Greco-Roman writers and thinkers are included in both of these "classical" pursuits, modern novelists are not (normally) part of the study of Classics. Sometimes (as here) a capital C is used to distinguish the body of ancient Classics from the corpus of classical literature that includes modern writers.
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