“Classics” is the study of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. The study ofthese two civilizations covers more than 2000 years of history, from the Minoans and the Mycenaeans in the Bronze Age to St Augustine in Late Antiquity. Western European tradition looks to these cultures as the origin of its own laws, values and traditions.
Classics is one of the most holistic and multidisciplinary of modern academic fields. Students in Classics study Greek and Roman societies in all their aspects including language, literature, history, philosophy, science and technology. Classics covers the material culture of ancient society – the art, the houses, the fortifications, the temples, even the cooking pots.
Classics is also the oldest academic discipline; its traditions stretch back into antiquity itself. Modern western culture grows from these ancient roots, and knowledge of classical antiquity provides students with a broad cultural vocabulary, which helps them to understand western literature, laws and cultural institutions.