Classical studies cover the study of the linguistic, literary, political, social, economic, religious, and cultural history of the Greek and Roman world, for which flexible and continually changing borders are accepted. Chronologically, Classical Studies begin with the first appearance of written texts (Linear B tablets, c. 14th century BC) and end with the 7th century A.D.
Disciplines included are Classical Philology (Greek and Latin literature and language), ancient History, ancient topography, ancient law, Greek and Roman Religious Studies, epigraphy and papyrology. Studies in material culture, its interpretation are covered in Archaeology and Art History. Overlap occurs with Archaeology, History (incl. Byzantine studies), Philosophy and Linguistics.
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The Roman Civilisation - History
See also Byzantine Empire in History.
- Edward Luttwak, Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire (1976). Organised the frontier activities of the Roman Empire (until 300), in three phases : client management, preclusive defense, defense in depth. Raised fundamental questions interesting in today's world : How did Rome regard the outside world? What was the purpose of the frontiers? Could a Roman Emperor know enough to conceive an Empire-wide strategy? Did not deal with the post-300 period or the eastern Empire, where ample evidence of new attitudes towards outside world.