How can a Classics tutor help you?
Classics is the study of Greek and Roman civilizations from ancient times until the beginning of the Early Medieval period. The tools of the discipline include history, archaeology, numismatics, literature, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, and poetics. In the pursuit of knowledge in this field, you may encounter several versions of Homer's Odyssey in Ancient Greek, including the one in which Penelope elopes with her suitors. You may have to parse the Code of Theodosius, looking for the effects of the Battle of Hadrianopolis on Roman Law, nearly 1500 years after the extant Homeric epics. Perhaps you will discover why the Emperor Constantine was able to suggest his affinity with Helios, the god of the sun, while a century earlier Elagabalus was not.
You may need to explore the reasons why the Etruscans, a non-Indo-European substrate group in northern Italy, were the major export market for all those classical Greek vases you see around museums, or perhaps why the Greeks, whose tragic theatre is so important to us and to Shakespeare, claimed that they learned the art of theatre from these self-same Etruscans. Perhaps you are interested in why the word tragedy means quite literally in Greek, the song of the goat. The transition of Rome from monarchy to republic to empire to a vestige in the east (as the Byzantine Empire) is endlessly fascinating.
Why was Julius Caesar successful in ways that Sulla was not? Why was Augustus successful in ways that Julius Caesar was not? Why was second-century Rome so much more successful that the middle-first or third centuries? Why were Roman citizens buried along the Appian Way, but not in the city of Rome? How did the function of the Roman Senate change during the transition from republic to empire? Why is the Greek god Zeus called Jupiter in Latin, and why did Roman philosophers write in Greek? If you are taking a classics course, these are just a few of the questions you undoubtedly have encountered.
The answers are out there, somewhere, in reams of text written in English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, and Greek. The mastery of several languages is a key part of deep study in the field, and classics tutoring can help you get a handle on this rich and complex discipline.
Classics can be a difficult subject area because of the sheer amount of material you are expected to know. A private tutor can help in this regard because they can give you as much time as you need to become familiar with the material. A classroom setting doesn't really provide you with individualized instruction because your teacher doesn't have time to slow down or speed up the course to accommodate individual students. However, a private tutor can adjust the pace of their instruction to meet your needs. So whether you are struggling with a particular area and need more time to fully comprehend it or you already understand a topic and are ready to move in, a private tutor can make that adjustment.
Varsity Tutors can help connect you with an instructor who is a classics expert. Varsity Tutors places a strong emphasis on flexibility and convenience. The live learning platform enables you to meet with your private tutor either in person or face-to-face online. They can provide you with one-on-one tutoring at a time and location of your choosing. They can even meet with you online to make classics tutoring as convenient and accessible as possible.
If you are in need of some extra help in a discipline so complex that it has been called the theoretical physics of the humanities, call Varsity Tutors today to get help connecting with a classics tutor in your area.
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