15 Things Every Classics Student Who Didn’t Go To Private School Knows To Be True
Classics is the great equaliser.
1. You’re very much in the minority.
Let’s not be coy about it, there a lot of posh people in your classes, and they’ll all know you aren’t.
2. But you wear your state school status as a badge of pride.
They may already have read all of Herodotus and Cassius Dio, but you know how to interact with what they call ‘the plebs’.
3. How unfair it is that you’re starting out on the back foot because it’s unlikely you’ve ever studied it before.
Unless you count dressing up as a Roman in Mrs. Pattock’s Year 4 History Class. And no one counts that.
4. Plus, everyone has already been to all the ancient sites your learn about.
You definitely don’t have a home in Rome or a ‘kind of a mate’ called Hugo who once took all the lads out for a big one in Athens and got totally, totally smashed in the Agora. At least not yet. #Acropalol #Acropalad
5. And can already speak passable, if not good, Latin.
“Sorry, I really just don’t speak Latin. Ask Tarquin”
6. It takes a while to stop laughing at, or mispronouncing, all the weird names.
And I don’t just mean those of your posh classmates.
7. Until one day you finally feel like you’re picking it up. Sort of.
“Nos paenitet, Ego iustus vere non a Tarquinio Latine loquimur “. That’s probably right anyway.
8. Ending up studying topics you really weren’t expecting to have to study for a Classics degree.
Economics? I didn’t sign up for this.
9. And realising just how hard you need to study.
Who said Classics was an easy degree, again?
10. But also how much you love the subject.
I know. I was shocked too.
11. Every other period of History looks a bit dull in comparison.
Especially the Dark Ages. **** the dark ages.
12. And you start to feel just a little bit superior.
After all, you are doing one of the noblest and oldest of studies.
13. Learning some pretty dope quotes for a night out.
“Vendi, Vidi, Vici? Please. Vendi, vermini, vomui” – I came, I got ratted, I threw up.
14. And some to use afterwards, too.
“Veritas est cum vinum” – Truth comes with the wine.
15. And at the end of the day, you’ll be just a screwed when it comes to finding a job as your private-school chums.
Classics is the great equaliser, who knew?