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Classics I (Literae Humaniores)

Classics offers you a great opportunity to study a vast range of subject areas focusing on the Graeco-Roman world and its reception into modern times. If you want to specialise in one language or discipline, such as Latin literature, then this is possible. If you want greater breadth, then there are opportunities for studying a variety of different materials including written texts, buildings, wall paintings and pots, from Britain to Egypt, Iran to Germany, 2000 BC to AD 2000. Whether you’re interested in what Homeric warriors wore, how Ciceronian oratory influences modern politics, or the survival of an ancient text, there is something for everyone in a Classics degree.

If you have studied Latin and / or Greek, then you may be in a position to apply for Classics course I. Course IA is designed for those who have studied Latin and Greek to A-Level (or equivalent), IB for those who have studied only Latin, and IC for those who have studied only Greek to that level.

If you have not studied either Latin or Greek but would like to take up one (or both), then you may apply for Classics II - see the Classics II course page.

The first five terms are spent preparing for ‘Mods’ (Moderations), a series of core exams. Classics I students take 10 papers.

You then spend seven terms preparing for ‘Greats’. You take eight papers, from a choice of around eighty. They cover literature, philosophy, archaeology, linguistics and history. Examples of current papers on offer include: Religions in the Greek and Roman World, Sexuality and Gender in Greece and Rome, Latin Philosophy, Aristotle Physics, Historiography, Byzantine Literature, The Reception of Classical Literature in Poetry in English since 1900, Art under the Roman Empire AD 14-337, Greek Literature of the 5th Century BC.

Course I: Q800
Course Length: 4 years
Course requirements: Latin and / or Greek to A-Level (or equivalent).