“What did the Romans ever do for us?” went the sarcastic quip from British comedy group, Monty Python. Well, joining us on this Oxford summer course in classical civilisation means you’re about to find out.
Understanding the great Roman and Greek civilisations is key to comprehending today’s society. Whatever your existing level of understanding of classics, there couldn’t be a better place to study than here in Oxford. The city is a renowned global centre for the subject. The renowned Oxford University has one of the largest classics faculties in the world and the research that comes out of it is world-leading. Needless to say, you’ll be in pretty good company, taught by tutors at the top of the classical studies field.
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Whatever your existing level of knowledge of Greek or Latin, you will find this Oxford summer course in classic civilisations accessible. Our teaching is modelled on the Oxford University tutorial system, 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 be encouraged to shape the small seminar-style classes with your own views and debate – and with access some of the best minds in the field, our summer course will certainly provide you with a good foundation in classics.
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.
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.
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.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided about which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between our 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."
"My course, philosophy, even though very dense and challenging, has opened my mind to so many new perspectives of certain ideas that I hadn't even considered."
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