Study Classical Civilisation with Oxford Summer Courses

Classical Civilisation Summer School

The Greek and Roman cultures marked a high point in philosophy, art and writing that was never seen again for 1500 years. Studying classical civilisation involves getting to grips with the huge variety of courses which provide us with clues as to how the Greeks and Romans lived their lives, fought their wars and conducted their politics.

Oxford is the very heart of classics studies across the world, and we aim to provide you with the experience to make the most of your surroundings. Why not take a closer look at our courses below?

Courses

At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to the best academic experiences and to the personalised learning that has made Oxford a global academic force. So while all of our tutors are at the top of their fields depending on your age you'll be taught in slightly different ways. We use small group seminars to ensure that you get greater attention than you could elsewhere. On top of that if you're aged 16-17 or 18-24 then you'll receive weekly tutorials from leading academics mirroring the teaching method that makes Oxford a world-renowned university. Choose your Classical Civilisation course below:

18-24 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Students on our 18-24 course will study Greek culture and society as well as the major historical events that defined the period such as the Peloponnesian War. This requires close textual analysis of a range sources from Thucydides to Socrates. This course will be tailored to students’ individual standard of Greek language knowledge.

The Romans are also famous for their politics, high art and society. Students will be immersed in the Latin culture as they discuss the problems of running an empire, evaluate the poetry of Virgil and Ovid and learn about the cultural practices of this great society. Similarly the course is tailored so that students with any standard of Latin language can be accommodated.

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  • Classical Civilisation- 18-24 year olds course

    18-24 timetable

16-17 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

As part of our Classical Civilisation course for 16-17 year olds, students will study Greek and Roman culture and society as well as the major historical events that defined the period. Students will be immersed in the Latin culture as they discuss the problems of running an empire, evaluate the poetry of Virgil and Ovid and learn about the cultural practices of this great society.

Our course is tailored to ensure that students with any standard of Latin language can be accommodated and individual standards of Greek language knowledge are also taken into account to shape the course appropriately for each student.

13-15 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • High quality Oxford accommodation
  • Maximum 6 students per class
  • Breakfast and dinner included

For 13-15 year olds, Classical Civilisation is covered in the our specialised Arts and Humanities course - head over and have a look by clicking the course button below.

Staff

Alexander Wilson

Alex Wilson holds a MA in Classical Studies and a graduate diploma in Greek from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and is working on his doctorate in Ancient History at Merton College, Oxford, currently. He has tutored on various topics in ancient history and Classical literature and art at university for seven years, and taught Latin and Greek at both Wellington and Oxford University; his research focuses on ethnicity and social history in Classical Greece, but he has also published on the dissident Roman poet Lucan.

Prices and Dates

Courses for 13-15, 16-17 and 18-24 year olds:

  • 2 week courses: £3,895
    • • 25th June to 8th July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 25th June to 8th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 2nd July to 15th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 9th July to 22nd July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 9th July to 22nd July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 16th July to 29th July, Cambridge (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 16th July to 29th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age group) limited availability
    • • 23rd July to 5th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 30th July to 12th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
  • 3 week credit-bearing course at Wroxton College: £5,645
    • • 2nd July to 22nd July, Wroxton College (18-24 age group)
  • 4 week courses: £7,395
    • • 25th June to 22nd July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • Oxford, (16-17 and 18-24 age group) contact Admissions Office to check availability at info@oxfordsummercourses.com

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including tutorials (16-17 and 18-24 only) and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and breakfast every day
  • All evening meals at local restaurants (16-17 and 18-24 only)
  • A three-course college banquet on Friday evening
  • Lunch for students aged 13-15 three times a week and all evening meals (3 times a week at local restaurants)
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

Courses for 10-12 year olds:

Held at Wycombe Abbey

  • • One week: £1,495 – Starting July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
  • • Two weeks: £2,795 – Starting July 2nd, 9th and 16th
  • • Three weeks: £3,995 – Starting July 2nd and 9th
  • • Four weeks: £5,195 – Starting July 2nd

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation
  • All meals including lunch
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

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