Thursday, June 16, 2005

Chairete! Salvete!

The world of Classics blogs seems to already have a life of its own. Classics enthusiasts, students, and even professors have set up a wide variety of informative blogs and blogs for discussion. So why, then, should an inconsequential undergrad (super)senior think to add to the mélange of Classics blogs?

Well, the hardest part about entering Classical academia has been the lack of knowledge about the process. Professors can teach you about the ancient world, but their days of being aspiring Classicists are usually long over, and in many cases, the process has changed. Then, we look to our fellow students. Although they claim interest in the Classics is resurging, many of us come from small departments, and of the handful of Classics majors, not everyone aspires to be a professional Classicist.

Fortunately (or unfortunately), though many of us seek solace in antiquity, modernity and its world of mass internet communication and publication has provided us innumerable tools for information--both good and bad--one of which allows this insignificant undergrad to create this blog. Should you continue reading this blog, you will find the trials and tribulations of an undergrad student trying to make her way into the world of Classical academia. Hopefully, other aspiring Classicists will find this blog useful in their own quests.

The first hump: GREs. I'm gathering that most grad schools want the general GRE, but I haven't found anything explicit on this. This is probably a case where asking one of my professors would be fruitful.

The other hump: Latin, Latin and more Latin. Virgil is eyeing me with impatience. The OLD has become my new best friend. I asked for an independent study course this summer, so I best be working. No rest for the weary.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not going through a clasics program persay, but am determined, yes, I said determined! to learn more about the ancient world. I took roman history when I was in Australia and missed way way more classes than I came to. I regret that now. I am going to redeme myself!!

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, for Classisists it's the General GRE.


2:19 PM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Good luck with your pursuit in the Classics!

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, how can an aspiring Classicist spell per se as "persay"?

7:13 PM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Well, this person did say s/he was going to redeem him/herself and is not currently going through a Classics program.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous mikeyboy said...

Actually, s/he said s/he was going to redeme (sic) him/herself, which I thought was a clever pun on demos, which is sometimes anglicized as deme.

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