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Classics - Course Outline

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The Classics course offers students various national and international career opportunities. Students are offered fieldwork; however, it is not necessary in any part of the course. Some of the undergraduates may get financial help to travel to Greece or Italy and take part in archaeological excavations.

Timetable in Brief

The course time is divided between tutorials, lectures and private study. Some of students' work shall be in preparation of essays for their tutorials; however, the appropriate reading of ancient texts not aimed at any specific tutorial and needs a substantial input of effort and time.

  • Course IA
    (Greek and Latin, having studied Greek and Latin to A-level or equivalent)
  • Course IB
    (Greek and Latin, having studied only Latin to A-level or any equivalent)
  • Course IC
    (Greek and Latin, having studied only Greek to A-level or any equivalent)

Terms 1-5

Courses

  • Virgil's Aeneid
  • Homer's Iliad
  • Texts and Contexts, historical and archaeological material and approaches and integrating literary materials
  • A classical special subject: archaeological, historical/literary or philological
  • Work on the Latin/ Greek languages
  • A special subject in Philosophy (modern or ancient)

Terms 1-5

Assessments

First University examinations IA:
Ten papers, comprising four language papers (Greek and Latin)
First University examinations IB:
Ten papers, comprising four language papers (Latin at the same level as IA, Greek language work at a less advanced level compared to IA)
First University examinations IC:
Ten papers, consisting of four language papers (Greek at the same level as IA, Latin language work at a less advanced level than IA)

Course IIA

(Latin only, not having earlier formally studied Latin)

Terns 1-5

Courses

  • Virgil's Aeneid
  • Work on the Latin language
  • Special Texts, subjects and Contexts as Course I

Terms 1-5

Assessments

  • Seven papers, comprising two language papers
  • First University examinations IIA:

Course IIB

(Greek only, not having earlier formally studied Greek)

Terms 1-5

Courses

  • Special Texts, subjects and Contexts as Course I
  • Homer's Iliad
  • Work on the Greek language

Terms 1-5

Assessment

  • Seven papers, comprising two language papers
  • First University examinations IIB:

Course IA
(Greek and Latin, having studied Greek and Latin to A-level or any equivalent)
Course IB
(Greek and Latin, having studied only Latin to A-level or any equivalent)
Course IC
(Greek and Latin, having studied only Greek to A-level or any equivalent)

Terms 6-12

Courses

Students need to choose eight options form over eighty in the following subjects. In some of these subjects, it is possible to provide an undergraduate thesis instead of one of the papers. Roman and Greek history (select up to five): some are period papers while others topic-based Terms 6-12

Assessments

Final University examinations: Total eight exam subjects are taken with the possibility of providing one paper as a thesis. For some literature options in place of three-hour paper evaluation involves the composition of one long essay in a period of three-week.

Course IIA

(Latin only, not having earlier formally studied Latin)

  • Philosophy (select up to five), which range from Plato's Republic to the Philosophy of Mind, students are advised to see Philosophy page for a full range of options
  • Latin and Greek literature (choose up to five)
  • Roman and Greek archaeology (choose up to two, and a thesis if students wish)
  • Linguistics and Philology (choose up to two and a thesis if students wish)
  • Second classical language: Course II students may take the second classical language if they desire (this will count as two papers in final exam)

Terms 6-12

Assessment

Final University Exams: as course I, Latin only, unless students take up optional second classical language

Course IIB

(Greek only, not having earlier formally studied Greek)

Final University Exams: as course I, Greek only, unless students take up optional second classical language


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