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Classics C


lassics is one of the most interesting, varied and challenging degrees at Oxford, and unlike Classics at many other universities, the subject is open to all, whether you have studied Latin and Greek to A-level or not.


If you’re interested in literature, language, history, philosophy, art, archaeology, politics or linguistics (or any combina- tion of the above!), Classics offers a fascinating and unparalleled insight into the worlds of Classical Greece and Rome, studying everything from the pots they painted to the wars they waged.


The course comes in two forms. For those that have done ancient languages, there is Course I: the language work is far less arduous, but you have to read many more texts. Course II candidates, those who didn’t have the chance to learn Latin or Greek, start the course with two terms of intensive language classes (in groups of ten to 15) in your chosen first lan- guage. The volume of text that you study in Classics can seem daunting, but with a little application it’s both manageable and the best possible way to immerse yourself in the ancient world. Plus, there’s lots of help and support available from both college and faculty.


The four year course is divided into two halves. In the first five terms, you’ll be studying for Moderations (Oxford lingo for your first set of exams). These are made up of compulsory literature and language papers, plus one philosophy paper and


one special subject that you can choose. Classics ‘Mods’ are probably the hard- est exams in the University (not least because of the sheer number of them) but nothing beats the feeling of having finished them, and the pride you gain in having survived! Uniquely, Classics gives you three exam-free summers in Oxford, a bonus when your friends are revising and you can take the afternoon off to go punting.


After Mods come Greats (or ‘Finals’), and at this point the degree becomes your own. With very few restrictions, you can choose from a huge variety of papers; you can specialise in literature and linguis- tics, or branch out into political philoso- phy and papyri; you can focus all your energies on Roman history, or delve into the intricacies of Greek literature. There really is something for everybody.


Courses


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