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date: 20 February 2020

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Projecting the relationship Transcendentalism had with Greek and Roman Classics, this article looks at the exposure in Roman and Greek literature Transcendentalists recieved in their education. Though the Classics were central to their curricula, the special interest they showed in exploring it themselves gave them a good command of the subject. Harvard, in fact, provided a great platform to the Classics as many Transcendentalists took up languages and literature and mastered those subjects by the time they left college. The article explains that the women Transcendentalists too got the same level of education despite being excluded from institutions of higher learning. And, as they grew older they read the authors of antiquity as part of their struggle for intellectual autonomy and equality. The article also gives different reasons for the reception of the Classics by the Transcendentalists.

Keywords: Transcendentalists, Classics, Romantic classicism, classical education

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