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Information for incoming undergraduates

If you hold a place or an offer to read Classics at Cambridge, or if you have just secured your place by doing well in your exams, congratulations! On this page you can find some information which will help you prepare for your first term.

Here is the schedule of Greek and Latin texts which you will be studying in your first term:

1. 4-YEAR COURSE (PRELIMINARY TO PART 1A)
 Cicero, In Catilinam I (ed. Gould and Whiteley, ISBN 0862920140)

2. 3-YEAR COURSE (PART 1A)

2.1 IF YOU HAVE A-LEVEL LATIN, BUT NOT A-LEVEL GREEK: 
Lysias 1 (ed. Carey, ISBN 0521269881), Herodotus 1, chapters 29–46 (ed. Sheets, Bryn Mawr), Ovid, Ars Amatoria 1 (ed. Hollis, Oxford), Cicero, Pro Caelio (ed. Dyck, Cambridge).

2.2 IF YOU HAVE A-LEVEL GREEK AND LATIN: 
 Lysias 1 (ed. Carey, ISBN 0521269881), Pseudo-Xenophon, Athenaion Politeia (ed. Gray, ISBN 0521588596), 
Plato, Crito (ed. Campbell, Bristol Classical Press), Ovid, Ars Amatoria 1 (ed. Hollis, Oxford), Cicero, Pro Caelio (ed. Dyck, Cambridge).

2.3 IF YOU HAVE A-LEVEL GREEK, BUT NOT A-LEVEL LATIN:
 Lysias 1 (ed. Carey, ISBN 0521269881), Pseudo-Xenophon, Athenaion Politeia (ed. Gray, ISBN 0521588596),
 Plato, Crito (ed. Campbell, Bristol Classical Press), Ovid, Ars Amatoria 1 (ed. Hollis, Oxford) (reduced prescription), Cicero, Pro Caelio (ed. Dyck, Cambridge) (reduced prescription).

The Faculty encourages you to get acquainted with some of these texts before you arrive in Cambridge.

You will also receive general and individual advice from your Director of Studies in Classics, with suggestions for reading. He or she will have your own circumstances in mind (how much Latin and Greek you have already done, whether you are doing a gap year, still preparing for A Levels, etc.) and the programme of work your College has planned for the first term. You can find out who your Director of Studies in Classics is at your prospective College here.

Heffers Bookshop in Cambridge has available discount 'packages' of set texts that you will need in your first term in the editions recommended by the Faculty. Telephone 01223 568568 and ask for the Classics Department.

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR EXAMS / GAP YEAR / SUMMER