Eleanor Browne
Language and Literature Postgraduate, July 2012

I first studied classics as an undergraduate at Oxford, during the course of my BA I became increasingly interested in the Latin language and its literature - particularly in the texts of the pre-classical period. After graduating I spent some time working in Italy, before returning to Oxford for the MSt and I am about to commence first year of the DPhil. My thesis looks at Cato the Elder and his role in the development of Latin literature and Roman identity.

Above all it is the size and diversity of the faculty which make Oxford such a brilliant place to study classics. Regardless of your research area, there is always someone to ask questions of and with whom to exchange ideas. The libraries, too, are excellent. Both the Old Bodleian and the Sackler library provide a wealth of resources and offer rather beautiful working environments. I have especially valued the unique opportunities which Oxford offers to listen to a variety of visiting speakers, both within the field of classics and in other disciplines. The different fora available for presenting your own research have also been particularly helpful. The sub-faculty ‘work in progress’ sessions and seminars, along with various college groups and colloquia provide a range of occasions and audiences in which to evaluate your ideas and develop confidence as a speaker. The faculty fosters a strong sense of community, which is generally built over coffee and wine at the different graduate seminars and events.

The richness of resources and the diverse community of the staff and students make Oxford a most rewarding place to conduct research and develop as an academic.

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