Classics and English

Ancient Greek relief. (Image credit: Shutterstock).

Ancient Greek relief. (Image credit: Shutterstock).

Classics and English

If you have taken Ancient Greek and/or Latin to A-Level, this is normally a three-year option (Course I). But students who have not had the opportunity to study an ancient language before can take a four-year course beginning with an intensive introductory year studying either Greek or Latin (Course II). Whether you start as a Course I or Course II student, you end up sitting the same final examination.

Either version offers a well integrated (and truly ‘joint’) course, which alongside English literature of the Renaissance and beyond, and Graeco-Roman authors such as Herodotus, Euripides, Virgil, Catullus and Juvenal, also explores the rich connections between ancient and modern literature. You can pursue whatever aspect of English or classical literature appeals to you, but among the highlights of the course are the three ‘Link Papers’ studied in the final year. In these, through topics such as Epic, Tragedy and Comedy, the twists and turns of literary genres can be traced from Homer to Milton and Walcott, or from Theocritus to Arnold and Heaney.

For more information on the subjects that you can study as part of the Classics and English degree, please follow the links above.

UCAS Course Codes: Course I QQ38, Course II QQH8
Course length: 3 years (Course I) or 4 years (Course II)
Course requirements: Latin and / or Greek to A-Level (or equivalent) for Course I, no ancient language requirements for Classics II, English to A-Level (or equivalent) for both Course I and II.
University Prospectushttp://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses-listing/classics-and-english

 

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