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Open days and events

The Faculty participates in a number of activities for schools, listed below. See also the links in the navigation bar to pages about summer schools, essay competitions, and the Cambridge Greek Play.

 

Oxbridge Classics Open Day

The next annual Oxbridge Classics Open Day will take place in Cambridge on May 2nd 2014. It is a chance to find out more about Classics in general, but also the specific degree programmes at the two universities in particular.

The day will include:
a)    Talks by admissions tutors
b)    Subject taster lectures
c)    Tour of a college
d)    A chance to talk to undergraduates and academics.

Both individuals and school groups are welcome. Participants under the age of 17 should be accompanied by an adult. You may book your place for the Open Day here.

You can find the circular from the Access and Outreach Officer here and a draft programme here.

 

University Open Days

The Faculty of Classics contributes to a series of regional Oxbridge open days each March. To find the event in your area click here.

The University hosts two big open days in July each year. For prospective Classicists, there will be a tour of the Faculty building and the Museum of Classical Archaeology , plus a one hour subject talk from a senior member of the Faculty. For more information, please see the main University website.

 

Free Taster Day in Latin and Classics

Saturday 21st June 2014

The aim of this ‘taster day’ is to give prospective applicants for a Classics Degree at the University of Cambridge the opportunity to experience teaching in a University environment and to decide whether learning Latin is something that they would enjoy.

The day is open to anyone who has never studied Latin at School or 6th Form College.

The day is FREE. At the moment we are placing no limit on numbers. If a limit has to be imposed, we shall accept students in the order in which they book.

Venue: Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB 3 9DA. Light refreshments will be provided. For lunch, the nearest shop is about seven minutes walk away; but students are welcome (and encouraged) to bring a packed lunch.

Up to 50 travel bursaries of up to £50.00 are available on a first come, first served basis. To apply, please provide details of the cost of your travel arrangements. For those travelling by car, bursaries will be provided only against the cost of petrol. All claims by recipients of bursaries will need to be accompanied by receipts.


Programme for Taster day on 21st June

10.15–10.45: Registration and coffee

10.45–11.40: Learning Latin I

11.45–12.00 Break

12.00–1.00 Lecture:  Latin literature meets Roman art (Dr Caroline Vout)

1.00–1.45: Lunch

1.45–2.45: Learning Latin II

2.45–3.00: Break

3.00–4.00: Lecture: Why is Greek still spoken but Latin not? (Dr Rupert Thompson)

Latin tutors:

Dr Moreed Arbabzadah, Teacher and supervisor at University of Cambridge

Dr Rosanna Omitowoju, Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge and Senior Language Teaching Officer

Professor Stephen Oakley, Kennedy Professor of Latin, University of Cambridge

Booking

If you would like to attend, please contact Max Kramer on mjk53@cam.ac.uk (or 01223 335151). If you would like to apply for a travel bursary, please send details of your travel arrangements by e-mail to Mr Kramer.

 

Sixth Form Study Days

This year the Faculty of Classics is running three study days for Sixth Formers looking to deepen their understanding of Classical Civilization as well as Greek and Latin Literature. The days will consist of sessions on the topics and texts set on the AS-Level and A-Level syllabus, given by experts who teach and study at the University of Cambridge. Please see below for information on the individual study days and to make use of the online booking system. For any queries about the study days please contact Max Kramer on . All the study days take place in and around the Faculty of Classics on the Sidgwick Site, off Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA.


Tuesday 23 September – Classical Civilization Study Day

Time

Activity

10.00-10.30

Refreshments & Registration

10.30-11.20

SESSION 1

Option 1: ‘Mycenean Archaeology: Linear B and the Search for Homeric Truth’

Philippa Steele (Magdalen)

Option 2: ‘Food for Thought: Everyday Life in Roman Literature’

Erica Bexley (St John’s)

Option 3: ‘Themistocles & Pericles, or: Democracy and the Outstanding Individual’

Paola Ceccarelli (Newnham)

11.30-12.20

SESSION 2

Option 1: ‘Deadly Wooing – or: The Pursuit of Fame in Homer’s Odyssey

Ingo Gildenhard (King’s)

Option 2: ‘Roman Britain: Life in the Outpost of the Empire’

Astrid van Oyen (Homerton)

Option 3: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

12.20-14.00

Packed Lunch & ‘Applying to Cambridge’ Q & A with Directors of Studies and Admissions Tutors in one of the Colleges (optional – please book in advance on the booking form).

14.00-14.50

SESSION 3

Option 1: ‘Greek Tragedy in its Context’

Rosanna Omitowoju (King’s)

Option 2: ‘Why Should Historians Believe What the Romans Say?’

Jerry Toner (Churchill)

Option 3: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

15.00-15.50

SESSION 4

Option 1: ‘Making Sense of the Spartans’

Paul Millett (Downing)

Option 2: ‘Reading the City: Graffiti and Inscriptions in Pompeii’

Nick Zair (Peterhouse)

Option 3: 'The Life and Times of Cicero'

Ingo Gildenhard (King's)

Option 4: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

If you would like to book a place/places on this day, click HERE to fill out an online booking form.

 

Tuesday 30 September – AS-Level Latin and Greek Set Texts Study Day

Time

Activity

10.00-10.30

Refreshments and Registration

10.30-11.20

Session 1: AS-level prose set text Latin

Option 1:pro lege Manilia: Cicero’s Perfect General (and his warts)’

Ingo Gildenhard (King’s)

Option 2: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

11.30-12.20

Session 2: AS-level verse set text Latin

Option 1: ‘Changing times for Pentheus: Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.511–733’

Chris Whitton (Emmanuel)

Option 2: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

12.20-14.00

Packed Lunch & ‘Applying to Cambridge’ Q & A with Directors of Studies and Admissions Tutors in one of the Colleges (optional – please book in advance on the booking form).

14.00-14.50

Session 3: AS-level prose set text Greek & context lecture for prose set texts Latin

Option 1: ‘Lysias, Against Simon, 5-39 and 44-48’

Rosanna Omitowoju (King’s)

Option 2: ‘Why Did the Roman Republic Fail?’

Ingo Gildenhard (King’s)

Option 3: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

15.00-15.50

Session 4: AS-level verse set text Greek & context lecture for verse set texts Latin

Option 1: ‘Achilles and Hector: The Final Showdown, The Bigger Picture’

Emma Greensmith (Peterhouse)

Option 2: ‘Propertius, Ovid, and the Classical Tradition’

Ingo Gildenhard (King’s)

Option 3: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

If you would like to book a place/places on this day, click HERE to fill out an online booking form.

 

Thursday 2 October – A-Level Latin and Greek Set Texts Study Day

Time

Activity

10.00-10.30

Refreshments and Registration

10.30-11.20

Session 1: Tacitus & Sallust

Option 1: ‘The Fine Art of Insinuation: Tacitus, Nero, and Rome’

Ingo Gildenhard (King’s)

Option 2: ‘Setting a (bad) example: Sallust, Bellum Catilinae 14–29’

Chris Whitton (Emmanuel)

Option 3: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

11.30-12.20

Session 2: Virgil & Propertius

Option 1: ‘Reading Virgil’s Dido Intertextually’ Ingo Gildenhard

(King’s)

Option 2: ‘Sex and the City: AmoR/RomA in Propertius’ Christina Tsaknaki

(Peterhouse)

Option 3: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

12.20-14.00

Packed Lunch & ‘Applying to Cambridge’ Q & A with Directors of Studies and Admissions Tutors in one of the Colleges (optional – please book in advance on the booking form).

14.00-14.50

Session 3: Plato, Herodotus; Sallust & Tacitus (combined)

Option 1: ‘Decoding Protagoras’ Myth: Plato, Protagoras 320b8–328d4’

Nick Denyer (Trinity)

Option 2: ‘Framing Salamis – First the Good News, and Then the Bad’

Robin Osborne (King’s)

Option 3: ‘Roman Conceptions of History – from Sallust to Tacitus’

Ingo Gildenhard (King’s)

Option 4: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

15.00-15.50

Session 4: Sophocles, Aristophanes; A Taster of Ancient Greek for those with little or no prior exposure to the language

Option 1: ‘Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus

Renaud Gagné (Pembroke)

Option 2: ‘Aristophanes’ Clouds: The Problem with Popular Opinion’

Fran Middleton (Murray Edwards)

Option 3: ‘A Taster of Ancient Greek’

Jo Willmott (Corpus) and Rosanna Omitowoju (King’s)

Option 4: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

If you would like to book a place/places on this day, click HERE to fill out an online booking form.


College Open Days

Most of the colleges also hold their own open days, information about which can be found here and on individual colleges' websites. If you have specific questions about a particular college, it is a good idea to email the relevant Director of Studies.

 

School Visits

The Faculty is very keen to organise visits by academics to schools, both to give talks on classical themes and to explain more about the Classics course. A list of talks is available here. Please email schools.liaison@classics.cam.ac.uk in the first instance.

 

Ideas or Questions?

If there is anything that you would like to see us doing or any information that we can give you, then do get in touch: schools.liaison@classics.cam.ac.uk.

The Faculty's Academic Access Officer is . We look forward to hearing from you.

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