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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 Oxford on Friday 20 March 2015. It is a chance to find out more about Classics in general, but also the specific degree programmes at the two universities in particular.

Both individuals and school groups are welcome.

For more information and to book places please click 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

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 includes small-group Latin lessons and a lecture on a Classical Theme. This year's Taster Day will be on Saturday 20 June 2015. Please keep checking this page for when bookings open.

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, CB3 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.


Sixth Form Study Days

In late September and early October the Faculty of Classics runs study days for Sixth Formers looking to deepen their understanding of Classical Civilization as well as Greek and Latin Literature. The days 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 a programme from last year's study day as an example of what is on offer. Please keep checking this page for next year's dates.

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 2014 – Classical Civilization Study Day




Refreshments & Registration



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)



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


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).



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



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

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 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:

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

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