Studying Classic civilisations here in Cambridge is about much more than the past. Looking at the key epochs will lay the foundations of knowledge that will help you better understand present day society.
What’s more, coming to Cambridge means you’ve chosen a good place to study. From the actor Tom Hiddleston (of Thor fame) to the creator of Inspector Morse, Cambridge’s classics students have gone on to do big things. And whatever your own level of understanding of classical studies or Latin and Greek language, you’ll be taught by tutors at the top of the field.
What do students love about this Oxford summer course in Classical Civilisation? Find out in this short video…
Cambridge attracts some of the most respected experts in the field, which makes coming here to study classic civilisations a top choice…
Whatever your existing level of knowledge of Greek or Latin, you will find this Cambridge summer course in classic civilisations accessible. Our teaching is modelled on the same tutorial system used at Cambridge University, which is focused much more around your own needs and interests rather than a strict syllabus.
You’ll start at the beginning, reading and discussing texts like Homer’s Iliad and moving onto the areas that interest you. You’ll also be encouraged to shape the small seminar-style classes with your own views and debate. With access some of the best minds in the field, our summer course will certainly provide you with a good foundation in classics.
Naoise Murphy graduated from Durham University in 2017 with a B.A. in English Literature and French, with a year abroad at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She will complete her MPhil this year at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies. She has been awarded a Major Studentship by Newnham College Cambridge for her research on twentieth-century Irish women’s writing. She has several years of experience tutoring in both English and French.
James Harris is in the final year of his doctorate in History at Lincoln College, Oxford. Within the University of Oxford, he has taught undergraduates on literature and politics in early modern England, and lectured on the English Civil War and seventeenth-century print culture. His current research project explores the intersections of politics, religion, and identity in Cornwall and south-west Wales in the later Stuart period.
Victoria Beatrix Fendel is a DPhil student at Oxford in her final year. She has taught Biblical Hebrew, Greek and Latin at Basel (Switzerland) and Oxford. Her main research interest is the development, the patterns of usage and the function of languages. Her DPhil focuses on the development of the Greek language, both its internal development after the Classical period and its development in contact with Semitic languages. She holds a Master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Near East Studies.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided on which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between different UK locations.
"I chose the same subject that I am studying at my own university (Classical Civilisations), but this course made me think about and view my subject in a different way that I hadn’t been exposed to before. "
"The best part of my classes here would be the insight they’ve provided towards looking at history from different perspectives, and how important it is to properly gauge the usefulness of a source in your given essay."
"The academic support I had during my time in Oxford Summer Courses was incredible, my tutor Professor James Harris was by far the best tutor I’ve ever had"
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