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The modern European world is underpinned by our classical heritage: in the famous words of Bernard of Chartres, quoted by Isaac Newton "we stand on the shoulders of giants". 

Whether we consider our languages, political systems, science, art, architecture, philosophy, religion, literature or history, we find them conditioned by the experiences of the Graeco-Roman world.  The study of Classics is therefore a contemporary and relevant area, because the questions posed by the Greeks and Romans are still those we ask ourselves today.  Contemporary issues such as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship were hotly debated in the classical world, whilst the literature of the classical world is arguably the finest of any civilisation.