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Classics and Oriental Studies

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What is Classics and Oriental Studies?

This course allows you to combine the study of an Oriental language and culture with Latin and / or Greek and the study of the ancient world. There are six main languages or subjects you can take as part of the degree: Arabic, Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (with Akkadian or Egyptian), Hebrew, Persian, Sanskrit and Turkish. It is also possible to come in as an Oriental Studies candidate and take up some Classics.

This joint honours degree provides an exciting opportunity for students who want to focus in interdisciplinary studies. It might suit you if:

  • You want to immerse yourself in a broader range of languages, both Indo-European and non-Indo-European.
  • You have an interest in Judaeo-Christianity and would appreciate the chance to learn more about the relationship between the languages and cultures of the great monotheistic religions in their various (e.g. Greek and Roman) contexts.
  • You are fascinated by the cultural development and crossover in places such as Persia, Egypt and India. UCAS Course Codes: Classics with Oriental Studies: Q8T9 Oriental Studies with Classics: T9Q8 Course length: Usually 4 years; 3 for those taking Oriental Studies as their main subject but not having a year abroad. Course requirements: none. From

UCAS Course Codes:
Classics with Oriental Studies: Q8T9
Oriental Studies with Classics: T9Q8
Course length: Usually 4 years; 3 for those taking Oriental Studies as their main subject but not having a year abroad.
Course requirements: none.

 

A fourth year Classics and Old Iranian student :

“The Classics and Oriental Studies course offers a unique opportunity to combine your Latin and Ancient Greek studies with Eastern interests. I like the way that for the first two years you follow the Classics course alone, which allows you to find your feet with the more familiar Greek and Roman material when you first arrive at Oxford and ensures you are fully integrated into the community of Classics undergraduates – you go to all the same lectures and classes together for these first two years and many of my closest friends were made there. I have thoroughly enjoyedmy Old Iranian papers as they provide a fantastic insight into ancient Eastern history, which complement my Classics studies. Whether you want to expand your knowledge of ancient languages and history or pick up a new modern language, the course is very flexible and allows you to focus on your personal areas of interest.”