Entertainment / Literature / Classical: The term in Western culture is usually used in reference to the art, architecture, drama, philosophy, literature, and history surrounding the Greeks and Romans between 1000 BCE and 410 BCE. Works created during the Greco-Roman period are often called classics. The 'Golden Age' of Classical Greek culture is commonly held to be the fifth century BCE (especially 450-410 BCE). The term can be applied more generally to any ancient and revered writing or artwork from a specific culture, thus we refer to 'Classical Chinese,' 'Classical Hebrew,' and 'Classical Arabic' works. For extended discussion, click here. To download a PDF handout placing the periods of literary history in order, click here.

Other Words for Classical

Classical Adjective Synonyms: standard, model, exemplary, traditional, established, influential, authoritative, serious, weighty

Classical Period

Technology / Television (TV) / Classical Period: In the history of theatrical cinema, the 1920s-50s when the Hollywood studio system of film production held total power and evolved the classical style of filmmaking. In a genre's evolutionary pattern MORE


Entertainment / Music / Neoclassical: Movement in music where the characteristics are crisp and direct. MORE

Classical Haiku

Entertainment / Literature / Classical Haiku: Another term for the hokku, the predecessor of the modern haiku. See hokku and haiku. MORE