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Why Classics?

You can't say we aren't trying to convince you. ("We" here, by the way, is largely Dr. J, the wordiest of classics faculty.)

The set of links to your left gives all sorts of reasons to try classics. We start out by defining what the classics are--or is it what Classics is? Yikes! Depends on whether you mean the stuff classicists study-the classics--or the field of study itself, classics. And don't get me started on whether we need to capitalize classics or not, which is largely a political decision.)

Then we backtrack to consider the liberal arts and what possible use a liberal arts education could be. Then finally to why one would pick classics among the liberal arts, and the particular uses of classics