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Course outline Classics

During Part I, you have an average of 12 lectures a week, and two or more language classes (as needed). You also have at least two supervisions a week in which you discuss your work. In Part II, you may have Faculty seminars as well as lectures, while your College supervisions give you the opportunity to research essay topics of your choice in depth. Assessment is by end of year exams.

Preliminary Year (four-year course)

Year 3 (Part II)

You learn to read Latin confidently through language study and the reading of texts from the Roman world. You also study Roman culture, submit essays for assessment, and undertake some preparatory work for taking up Ancient Greek at the beginning of the next year.

You can specialise within one discipline (eg archaeology) or construct a wide-ranging course particular to your individual strengths and interests. You choose four papers from a broad range of options, including:

Year 1 (Part IA) Written texts are a major source of evidence for classical antiquity, so you study texts in the original Greek and Latin from the most familiar periods of ancient literature by central authors such as Homer, Euripides, Plato, Virgil, Ovid and Cicero. You also study elements of ancient history, archaeology, art, philosophy, philology and linguistics to build the broadest possible understanding of the ancient world and our relationship to it. Reading and language classes directed by specialist language teachers, as required, extend your knowledge of the ancient languages. End of year exams test your linguistic and literary comprehension and essay writing skills.

Year 2 (Part IB) You take six papers, including a paper from each of the following four compulsory groups: • • • •

Greek translation Latin translation Greek literature, eg Athens on Stage Latin literature, eg Past and Present in Trajanic Rome

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literature, eg Apollo and Dionysus philosophy, eg Aristotle’s World, from Turtles to Tragedies history, eg Popular Culture in the Roman Empire archaeology, eg The Poetics of Classical Art language, eg Greek from Mycenae to Homer a multidisciplinary paper, eg The Art of Care: the Body and the Self papers from another degree course

At the end of the year, you take exams in these subjects or you can substitute one paper with a dissertation on a subject of your choice within the field of Classics. Past dissertations have covered: • • • • • • • •

cross-dressing in antiquity the phenomenon of Asterix classical influences on contemporary American poetry Homer and Virgil Greek tragedy and politics comparative linguistics the nature and role of pleasure in human life art and archaeology in Roman Egypt

The remaining two papers are chosen from four on other subjects: • • • •

history philosophy art and archaeology philology

Further optional papers on prose or verse composition in both languages are available if you wish to develop your confidence and creativity in manipulating language.

Classics here deserves its world class reputation – ancient languages taught by the field’s best teachers, and opportunity to study everything from warfare and politics to architecture and philosophy. Emma

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