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How the TikTok generation is reinventing Classics

Amid heated debate over the future of the subject, new technologies are being used to democratise the subject

By Robyn Schaffer  
Classics, reinvented. Credit: Alamy

Classics, reinvented. Credit: Alamy

In recent years, there has been increased attention paid to some of the flaws in the traditional study of Classics. From Mussolini’s infatuation with white marble classical sculptures to the US Capitol rioters who donned clothing alluding to ancient Greece and Rome, classical civilisation has been appropriated throughout history to justify far-right narratives. All this reinforces the stereotype that Classics is for a specific kind of person—one that is white, male and privileged.  

This stereotype is particularly cemented in the UK. Classics has long been associated with British imperialism due to the Empire’s decision to adopt Rome as its model for…

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