Classics are literary works of enduring excellence that represent the highest level of talent development and creativity. Originally, classics were literary works from ancient Greece and Rome, but in recent years the definition of a classic has expanded to include literature from all around the world. Classics are particularly relevant for gifted individuals because they are intellectually challenging to read and understand, representing quality writing across a broad time span of human history.

Classics also refers to a branch of the humanities that deals with the language, literature, and art of the ancient world, particularly focusing on ancient Greece and ancient Rome during classical antiquity from 1000 BCE to 500 CE. The ancient Greeks created the tradition of a “canon” in which superior and high-quality works ...

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