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What is Classical Literature?

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Question: What is Classical Literature?

Some scholars and writers use the terms "Classical Literature" and "Classic Literature" interchangeably, which may confuse you when you come to this site and find that a number of works--from Homer's "Iliad" and Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" to Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and Whitman's "Leaves of Grass"--are described as "classics," and that these books are linked with other, similarly well-known works in "Classic Literature."

Answer: So, what is Classical Literature?

For the purposes of this site, Classical Literature refers to the great masterpieces of the Greek, Roman, and other ancient civilizations: Homer's "Iliad," Ovid's "Metamorphoses," Virgil's "Aeneid," "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles, along with works by other ancient writers in epic, lyric, tragedy, comedy, pastoral, and other forms.

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