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Classics

The study of classical archaeology, language and history (4 years for those without Latin or Ancient Greek)

Preparation

General Information

These links πŸ”— are good places to help for Classics (recommended by current students). It is not necessary to look at them all so to help, we've explained why we think each resource is useful so you can decide if it's applicable for you. We've put a ⭐ next to links we think are particularly helpful.

If you are taking either Latin or Ancient Greek A-Level or equivalent, you will want to look at the information under β€˜Three-year course’ at the left of the page. If you are not taking either of these subjects, the β€˜Four-year course’ page will have the relevant information.

Overview πŸ”— A good overview of the Cambridge course structure and typical entry requirements.

Course content πŸ”— 🌟 To find out more about what you’d be studying if you studied Classics here, these pages give an overview of current courses with introductions and reading guides for different papers.

Video summary πŸ”— A concise video produced by the University which outlines what the degree entails.

Best preparation before application

Athenian Agora Excavations πŸ”— Up-to-date information on these excavations, if you are interested in art and archaeology.

Charlie's Language Page πŸ”— 🌟 Range of Greek and Latin language resources, including detailed grammar booklets (although some aimed at current undergraduates).

Perseus πŸ”— Extensive collection of images, and Greek and Latin texts along with their translations.

Textkit πŸ”— Free downloads of Greek and Latin grammars, readers and answer keys which are in the public domain.

Course introduction πŸ”— More in-depth look at the course, including links to videos, competitions, and open days.

King's College Reading List πŸ”— 🌟 Suggested reading for prospective Classics students (from any college), with suggestions for both those studying Latin and/or Greek at school and those who are not.

Omnibus Magazine πŸ”— Omnibus is a classical journal ideal for those in sixth form or starting university, with each issue including around 10 articles on classical themes. All the essays are available to download for free here.

Rogue classicism podcasts πŸ”— Compilation of classical podcasts.

The BBC β€˜In Our Time’ podcasts πŸ”— 🌟 Very accessible and often classics-related.

Application and Interviews

Application

FAQs πŸ”— 🌟 Answers to frequently asked questions about studying Classics, both at Cambridge and in general.

Alternative Prospectus πŸ”— A more informal look at the course, from the perspective of students.

Admissions Assessment Specification πŸ”— Assessment levels depending on your qualifications - in brief summary:

20 minute Language Aptitude Assessment (discussion-based with an assessor)
If the candidate has a qualification in Ancient Greek/Latin, they will be given simple sentences to translate (discussion-based with an assessor).

Interviews

Read interviews about Classics.

Interview Tips Video πŸ”— 🌟 A video produced by the department with tips for the interviews from fellows and undergraduates.

Colleges

Official College Websites

Clare College πŸ”— 🌟 The first half of this page provides a concise overview of the course with a breakdown of each year that is relevant to all colleges.

Magdalene College πŸ”— 🌟 Similar to the above, from Magdalene’s website.

Image credit: Gonville and Caius by Akil Hashmi