Classics is the interdisciplinary study of the language, literature, history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome - civilizations which despite their antiquity are fundamental to many aspects of the modern world. Democracy originated in Greece; many modern European languages are related to Latin. Central to the subject are the Greek and Latin languages, and the literature written in those languages by authors such as Homer and Euripides, Cicero and Virgil, but students also explore the history, art and archaeology, and philosophy of Greece and Rome.
Classics can be studied as either a three-year or a four-year course. The latter provides an introductory year which focuses on the Latin language, on Latin literature, and on Roman history and culture, and students then join the three-year group for the remainder of the course, starting work on Greek in the second year of their four in Cambridge.
For course details please visit the Faculty website: www.classics.cam.ac.uk.
For the three-year course, an A-level or equivalent in Latin is required. For the four-year course experience of, and a qualification in one or more of the classical languages (e.g. a GCSE) would be advantageous. A high level of achievement in one or more Modern Languages would also be valuable.
Director of Studies: Dr John Patterson.
Cambridge is the Best UK University for Classics according to The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/table/2011/may/17/university-guide-classics.