Definition of classicist in English:



  • 1A person who studies Classics (ancient Greek and Latin).

    • ‘TV documentaries and publishers have deployed, for 15 minutes, platoons of academic classicists to reveal to us the shocking truth: the ancients were not interested in taking part; they only wanted the glory of winning.’
    • ‘With one exception the contributions are authored by classicists, historians and archaeologists.’
    • ‘But she did ask that we not describe her as a classicist (she studied classics) but now works in another field.’
    • ‘There are several major contemporary schools of Platonic interpretation among classicists and philosophers, as well as, naturally, many individuals who do not fit in any particular school.’
    • ‘As a classicist, Tolkien was fascinated by the gaps in history.’
    • ‘Educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, he began as a classicist, was a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and then professor of Greek at Sydney.’
    • ‘In recent years classicists and ancient historians have devoted renewed attention to the Archaic Age in Greece, the period from approximately the eighth century to the fifth century BC.’
    • ‘More and more, there's been a change in attitude among classicists toward translation as a legitimate activity.’
    • ‘He advises folklorists to look back to ancient literature and classicists to look forward to folklore methods.’
    • ‘This study remains as important to students of ancient history as to classicists.’
    • ‘He was a brilliant classicist at school and won scholarships to Queen's University, but chose a career in medicine.’
    • ‘The English classicist Housman said that in scholarship, accuracy is a duty, not a virtue.’
    • ‘Chapter 1 deals with sources which will be unfamiliar to all but classicists, and surveys the influence of various Greek conceptual models on the gender constructs of Rome in the last century BCE and first century CE.’
    • ‘A classicist might be tempted to note the Greek myth of Icarus, whose ambition and heedless self-confidence caused him to fly too close to the sun, which melted the wax holding together the feathers of his fabricated wings.’
    • ‘His relatively cheap, compact editions of Greek and Latin authors, aimed at professional classicists and keen amateurs alike, rapidly became popular.’
    • ‘Keats laced his finest poetry with mythological allusions, as did the great German classicist and translator of Sophocles, Hölderlin.’
    • ‘Even writers who wanted to be thought of as classicists usually needed a Latin crib to help them through Greek poetry in this period.’
    • ‘Traditionally, classicists explore topics that are contained within the sphere of ancient Greek or Roman societies.’
    • ‘Most classicists trace the advent of Greek democracy to the urban culture of Athens.’
    • ‘In literary interpretation, classicists warn us of the ‘documentary fallacy’, the impulse to treat fiction as if it recorded real events or characters from whom inferences can be drawn which have no basis in the text itself.’
  • 2A follower of classicism in the arts.

    • ‘He thought of himself as ‘a classicist structurally, a romantic emotionally and a modernist harmonically’.’
    • ‘How would you describe your life; would you call it a life of a concrete poet; of an artist; of a cultural classicist?’
    • ‘When it comes to pop songwriting, she is a classicist.’
    • ‘This seems entirely fitting for a composer who has often been content to embrace classicist formal integration and resist modernist formal fragmentation.’
    • ‘Ibsen would be a classicist, a romantic, a Scribean, a realist, a symbolist, not to mention a Hegelian and a feminist, before he would be an apocalyptic.’
    • ‘He uses an architectural framework, as classicists do, to anchor the contents of the picture to the given horizontal and vertical of the support.’
    • ‘He also wanted to juxtapose the accomplishments of different generations of artists and show that those who are considered classicists can sometimes think in more modern ways than their younger colleagues.’
    • ‘New classicists are aiming to restore the pleasure of the arts.’
    • ‘A homegrown classicist, he presented an idealized side of desire that the ancient Greeks would have understood.’
    • ‘At the core a classicist, albeit with modernist leanings, he has not abandoned tradition but given the Toronto-based company a fresh image - youthful, creative and adventurous.’
    • ‘It is a classicist revenge drama that takes its time in becoming one, and is richer as a result.’
    • ‘Of course there were heroic modernist artists and writers who opposed twentieth-century totalitarianism, and classicists and traditionalists who supported totalitarianism.’
    • ‘In another era, he would have been a strict classicist; as a young man in the early years of the twentieth century, he found his characteristic imagery in the logic of industrial America - its machine dreams.’
    • ‘The commission was clearly a turning point, representing a state of architectural flux; a decade later and he was a fully converted classicist in terms of both his funerary and domestic architecture.’