In some quarters, the cultural defensiveness of Classics as a discipline is almost a reflex. Fighting for a place in the contemporary Humanities forces classicists to articulate time and again why it is that what we do is worth doing. This means that bursting the exceptionalist argument for studying Greco-Roman antiquity is difficult but necessary work. If we continue to contribute uncritically to the idea that Greco-Roman antiquity is exceptionally important, we contribute to a culture that always already has this as the default setting to the exclusion and oppression of other, non-white, non-European cultures. If we reach for the arguments that are comfortable, that are merely strategies for avoiding the hard look in the truthful mirror, then we are missing what is truly possible and valuable in our line of work.