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Classics II (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.

You don't need to have studied Latin and Greek to apply for Classics !

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. Those who take Course IIA learn Latin from scratch, those who take Course IIB learn Greek from scratch. If you are accepted on a course to study one of the languages as a beginner, you will be asked to attend a summer school before you start your degree.

The first five terms are spent preparing for ‘Mods’ (Moderations), a series of core exams. Classics II students take 7 papers.

You then spend seven terms preparing for ‘Greats’. You take eight papers, from a choice of over 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, Arisotle 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 II: Q810
Course Length: 4 years
Course requirements: none for Classics II.