The library would like to spotlight an excellent, thought-provoking article in The New York Times about the future of Classics as a field. Much of our humanities and liberal arts education is centered around reverence for Greece and Roman, but the Classics field has also been reappropriated by disturbing white supremacist groups.
Some, such as Oxford’s Mary Beard, the most famous classicist alive, argue that while the heritage of Greece and Rome may have been politicized, it is not inherently political. Rather than abandon the field, we should push back against political actors who misuse it. Others, like the subject of this article, believe that Classics is inextricably tied to theories of European supremacy.
Regardless of your opinion, the article makes for fascinating reading. The Greek and Roman worlds were filled with diverse stories: of women, of slaves, of peoples who lived in the south and east Mediterranean. Re-excavating those stories should be a priority of Classical scholarship!
You can read the article here. Please contact a librarian if you need help accessing our New York Times subscription.