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In its classic sense, "classics", when used as a singular noun, means the study of the language, literature, history, art, and other aspects of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as ancient China during the time frame of classical antiquity. As a plural noun "classics" are books written in ancient Greece, Rome and China. The study of classics is a primary subject for the humanities, and the people reading classics are sometimes called humanists.

Greek language
Greek mythology
Greek literature
Greek architecture

Roman mythology
Latin literature

Chinese classic texts
Chinese philosophy


Classics can also mean (typically in non-academic contexts) classic books.

See also: Classics basic topics