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Course Structure: Honour School Examinations (Finals)

The following provides an example of courses typically available. It cannot be guaranteed that university lectures or classes or college teaching will be offered in all subjects in every academic year. Certain combinations of courses are not allowed. Please see the Classics and English Exam regulations.

Please see the  Faculty of English website for details on English papers.

A: English

1. One of the following periods of English literature:

(a) 1350 - 1550
(b) 1660 - 1760
(c) 1760 - 1830


2. One of the following:

(a) a second of the periods specified in 1 above
(b) Shakespeare (portfolio)
(c) The Material Text (portfolio)
(d) any of the Special Options from the list for the year concerned published by the English Faculty
(e) any of the Special Options for English Course II, Medieval Literature and Language, from the list for
the year concerned


B: Classics

3. One of the following core literature papers:


4. One of the following:

i) Literature

- The other core paper (with additional translation paper)
- Historiography
- Lyric Poetry
- Greek Tragedy
- Comedy
- Hellenistic Poetry
- Cicero
- Ovid
- Latin Didactic
- Neronian Literature
- Euripides, Orestes: papyri, manuscripts, text
- EITHER: Seneca, Medea: manuscripts, text, interpretation, OR Catullus: manuscripts, text, interpretation. [Note: University classes will be given for only one of these options each year.]
- EITHER The Conversion of Augustine, OR Byzantine Literature OR Modern Greek Poetry
- Thesis in Literature

ii) Philology and Linguistics

- Greek Historical Linguistics
- Latin Historical Linguistics
- Comparative Philology: Indo-European, Greek and Latin
- General Linguistics and Comparative Philology

iii) Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

- Aquinas
- Duns Scotus, Ockham
- Plato: Republic (in translation)
- Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics (in translation)
- Plato: Republic (in Greek)
- Plato: Theaetetus and Sophist (in Greek)
- Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics (in Greek)
- Aristotle: Physics, (in Greek)
- Sextus Empiricus: Outlines of Pyrrhonism, (in Greek)
- Latin Philosophy

iv) Ancient History

- The Early Greek World and Herodotus’ Histories: 650 to 479 BC
- Thucydides and the Greek World: 479 to 403 BC
- The End of the Peloponnesian War to the Death of Philip II of Macedon: 403 to 336 BC
- Polybius, Rome and the Mediterranean: 241 to 146 BC
- Republic in Crisis: 146 to 46 BC
- Rome, Italy and Empire from Caesar to Claudius: 46 BC to 54 AD
- Athenian Democracy in the Classical Age
- Alexander the Great and his Early Successors
- The Hellenistic World: Societies and Culture c.300 to 100 BC
- Cicero: Politics and Thought in the Late Republic
- Politics, Society and Culture from Nero to Hadrian
- Religions in the Greek and Roman World, c.31 BC to AD 312
- Sexuality and Gender in Greece and Rome

v) Second Classical Language – only available to Course II students.

This must not be taken in the same language as was examined under Mods. It counts as two subjects; candidates offering it should also take: the Core paper in the classical language studied for Mods; two papers in English; Epic and one other link paper.

C: Link Papers

5. Epic (compulsory paper)

Set authors: Homer, Virgil, Lucan, Milton, Dryden and Pope.

6. One of the following:

(a) Tragedy
(b) Comedy 
(c) The Reception of Classical Literature in Poetry in English since 1900

D: Dissertation

All Classics & English students write a dissertation of 7,000-8,000 words.