When we talk about the classics, there are (at least) two notions in play. The first is a judgement of quality and style, the second a technical term for the output of a specific time and place in history. I received my university training in the latter, studying the literature of Greece and (especially) Rome, and so I call myself a Classicist. Yet, after years of scoffing at libraries and booksellers who use the term “classics” to denote such modern literature as Austen and Dickens, I’ve finally come to accept that my definition might need expanding. (If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.) Welcome to my attempt at expansion, my journey to becoming a more ‘modern’ Classicist.