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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 Friday 18 March 2016. It is a chance to find out more about Classics in general, but also the specific degree programmes at Oxford and Cambridge in particular.

Both individuals and school groups are welcome.

For more information and to book places please click here.

 

 

University Open Days

For students considering applying to Cambridge

Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July 2015

To find out more about applying to Cambridge and studying Classics at University come to one of the Cambridge University open days. Each year the University hosts large general open days in July which draw more than 8,000 students.

Alongside the University events, the Classics Faculty puts on a specific talk about studying Classics at Cambridge, a session for the parents of potential Classics students, a sample lecture which helps you find out what it’s like to study Classics here, and a stall where potential students can get personalised information and advice from Classics lecturers and students.

This year we will be holding our Introduction to the Ancient World at A-Level study day the day before (Wednesday 1 July, see below for more details and for the separate booking system) so please consider coming a day early and staying over in Cambridge. Some of the Colleges may be able to help with accommodation if you contact them.

For more information and to book your place click here.

Classics Programme for University Open Days 2015

14:30 – 15:15  Talk for parents of potential classics students 14:30-15:15
(Classics Faculty, Room G.21)

14:30-15:15  Course Presentation (Classics at Cambridge)
Dr Ingo Gildenhard
(Classics Faculty, Room G.19)

15:30-16:15  Sample Lecture
Thursday: Human flight in ancient Greece, Professor Tim Whitmarsh
Friday: Why is Latin dead but Greek isn’t?, Dr Rupert Thompson
(Classics Faculty, Room G.19)

Museum tours of the Museum of Classical Archaeology & Cast Gallery (45 minutes)
11:30-12:15 and 1:30-14:15
(The Museum is in the Classics Faculty)

A Classics Information Stand will be running all day (10:00-16:00) where you can ask individual questions. The stand will be in the Faculty of Law.

The Faculty of Classics and the Faculty of Law are both on the Sidgwick Site, off Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge.

 

Cambridge Student Conferences

For students considering applying to Cambridge

The Faculty of Classics contributes to a series of regional open days run jointly by Cambridge and Oxford which take place in March. These provide talks, personalised advice, and other information about applying to Cambridge in general and for Classics in particular.

To find the event taking place in your area click here click here.

 

 

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. See below for a full programme.

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.

Click here to book your place.


2015 Programme: Latin Taster Day

10.15–10.45: Registration and coffee (Room G.21)

10.45–11.40: Learning Latin I (Rooms 1.16, 2.03, 2.04, 2.08)

11.45–12.00: Break (Room G.21)

12.00–12.45: Lecture: Latin in the field: excavating a Roman town in Central Italy
(Dr Alessandro Launaro, Room G.19)

12.45–1.45: Lunch

1.45–2.45: Learning Latin II (Rooms 1.16, 2.03, 2.04, 2.08)

2.45–3.00: Break

3.00–3.45: Lecture: How Latin became French. And Italian, Spanish, Romanian ...
(Dr Nick Zair, Room G.19)

 

GCSE Study Day in Classical Civilization and Ancient History

Saturday 26 September 2015

Join experts who teach and study the ancient world at the University of Cambridge for an inspiring day of talks, tours, and taster sessions which will help you get more out of your Classical Civilization or Ancient History GCSE. The talks are tailor-made for your GCSE syllabus and will help you to understand your set texts and topics in greater depth and to see how what you study fits into the big picture of the ancient world. There will also be a chance to join a guided tour of our famous collection of life-size casts of ancient statues and to get a taste of what it might be like to learn Greek from scratch. You will also have the opportunity to have lunch in one of the Colleges of the University and to find out more about what going to University is all about and how to apply. See below for this year's programme.

Click here to book your place.

Programme for 2015

10.30 – 11.00 : Registration

11.00 – 11.30 : Introduction with the Classics Outreach Team

11.45 – 12.30 : Workshop 1

12.30 – 1.30 : Lunch

13.30 – 14.15 : Workshop 2

14.15 – 15.00 : Workshop 3

15.00 – 15.15 : Break

15.15 – 16.00 : Conclusions

Teachers and Students all attend the Introduction session. We all meet again for the Conclusions session, which will be based on students’ responses to the day and will bring together all the different topics they have been exploring. You can pick which workshops you want to attend from the list below. Within each workshop there will be specific questions tailored to the options that you are studying for GCSE.

Workshops

A

Exploring Epic

What does it mean to be an epic hero? Investigate the Aeneid, Odyssey, Iliad, or Metamorphoses to find out how different epic poets saw their main characters.

Relevant for

Clas Civ AQA: Homer, Odyssey (1A); Virgil, Aeneid (3B); Homer, Iliad (4A); Ovid, Metamorphoses (4E)

Clas Civ OCR: Homer, Odyssey (2.2.1); Ovid, Metamorphoses (2.2.2); Virgil, Aeneid (2.4.4)

 

B

Athenian Drama in Context

Explore war on the stage and in contemporary Athens, men and women in tragedy, and the City Dionysia.

Relevant for

Clas Civ AQA: Greek Tragedy and Drama Festivals (2A); Greek Comedy (4B)

Clas Civ OCR: Athens (2.1.1); Sophocles, Antigone (2.4.1); Aristophanes, Lysistrata (2.4.2)

 

C

Life in a Roman Town

How did the Romans spend their time in Rome or Pompeii? Discover more about the everyday life of a Roman.

Relevant for

Clas Civ AQA: Social Life in Rome (2D); Pompeii and Herculaneum (3D)

Clas Civ OCR: Rome (2.1.2); Pompeii (2.3.2)

 

D

The Ancient Olympic Games

How was the Temple of Zeus at Olympia decorated, and why was this so appropriate for the home of the ancient Olympic Games? Take a closer look at the Museum of Classical Archaeology's casts of the sculptures to find out more.

Relevant for

Clas Civ AQA: The Ancient Olympic Games (3C)

Clas Civ OCR: The Olympic Games (2.4.3)

 

E

Taking on the Persians

What do we know about the Persian war and how do we know it?

Relevant for

Clas Civ AQA: Herodotus, The Persian Wars (3A); Athens and Sparta (1C)

Clas Civ OCR: Athens (2.1.1); Sparta (2.3.1)

Anc Hist: The Greeks at War; Use of Sources

 

F

Ancient Women in Politics and Literature

How were women perceived in the ancient world? How did Cleopatra and Agrippina interact with the political world? How do real and fictional women relate?

Relevant for

Clas Civ AQA: Homer, The Odyssey (1A); Greek Tragedy and Drama Festivals (2A); Athens and Sparta (1C); Social Life in Rome (2D); Virgil, Aeneid (3B)

Clas Civ OCR: Athens (2.1.1); Rome (2.1.2); Homer, The Odyssey (2.2.1); Sparta (2.3.1); Sophocles, Antigone (2.4.1); Aristophanes, Lysistrata (2.4.2); Virgil, Aeneid (2.4.4)

Anc Hist: Women in Politics

 

G

Founding a city in History and Epic

Rome was the greatest city in the ancient world, but how did it all begin? Discover how myth and history intertwine to tell the story of Rome's origins.

Relevant for

Clas Civ AQA: Livy, Stories of Rome (1B); Virgil, Aeneid (3B)

Clas Civ OCR: Rome (2.1.2); Virgil, Aeneid (2.4.4)

Anc Hist: The Rise of Rome

 

H

Alexander the Great

How did Alexander conquer the world and how do we know?

Relevant for

Anc Hist: Women in Politics; Use of Sources

 

X

Ancient Greek Taster Session

Get a taste of the language of the Greeks and discover for yourself the excitement of decoding this ancient language.

Sixth Form Study Days

An Introduction to Studying the Ancient World at A2

For students of Classical Civilization, Greek, and Latin

Wednesday 1 July 2015

A study day aimed at those who have just finished AS-Levels and are beginning work on A2-Level Classical Civilization, Greek, or Latin. The day will consist of lectures, given by experts who teach and study at the University of Cambridge, which will introduce you to the A2 topics and the A2 set texts (and in particular their historical and cultural context) that you will be studying. There will also be an opportunity to take a guided tour of our famous collection of casts of ancient sculpture, to visit one of the Cambridge Colleges, to find out more about making a successful application to University, and - for those who have not yet studied one of the ancient languages - to participate in a taster session in Latin or Greek. See below for this year's programme.

Stay over in Cambridge on Wednesday night to attend the University Open Days the next day.

Click here to book your place.

Programme for 2015

10.00 – 10.30: Refreshments and Registration

Participants are welcome to come to any lecture or tour that interests them. However, the sessions will be of particular relevance to those studying the subjects listed beneath the titles of the options.

 

10.30 – 11.20: Session 1:

Option 1: Virgil’s Aeneid: Down to Hell and Back to the Future
Ingo Gildenhard (King’s)
For Classical Civilization students studying “Roman Epic”, “Virgil and the World of the Hero”, “Roman Epic”
For Latin students studying
Virgil, Aeneid 6

Option 2: The Poems of Catullus
Stephen Oakley (Emmanuel)
For Latin students studying
Catullus

Option 3 (NEW - by popular demand!): The Romans in Britain
Rebecca Flemming (Jesus)
For Classical Civilization students studying "Roman Britain: Life in the Outpost of Empire"

 

11.30 – 12.20: Session 2:

Option 1: All the world’s a stage . . . The art of life in Pliny's Letters
Chris Whitton (Emmanuel)
For Latin students studying
Pliny

Option 2: On Coming After: The Problem of Succession in Imperial Rome
Ingo Gildenhard (King’s)
For Classical Civilization students studying “Tiberius and Claudius” or “Roman History: The Use and Abuse of Power”
For Latin students studying
Tacitus, Annals 4

Option 3: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology (*)
For Classical Civilization students studying “Classical Art” and any others who are interested.

           

12.20 – 14.00: Packed Lunch & ‘Applying to Cambridge’ Q & A (optional)
During Lunch the Museum will also be open for individual visits to the casts and to the current exhibition: "The Labours of Herakles": worlds collide in this exhibition by artist Marion Maguire as the ancient hero takes his labours to colonial New Zealand

 

14.00 – 14.50: Session 3:

Option 1: Tragedy at Athens
Rosanna Omitowoju (King’s)
For Classical Civilization students studying “Greek Tragedy”
For Greek students studying
Sophocles, Antigone

Option 2: Understanding Ancient Comedy
Richard Hunter (Trinity)
For Classical Civilization students studying “Comic Drama in the Ancient World”
For Greek students studying
Aristophanes, Frogs

Option 3: Augustus, the first Emperor?
Alessandro Launaro (Gonville & Caius)
For Classical Civilization students studying “Augustus and the Foundation of the Principate” or “Roman History: The Use and Abuse of Power”
For Latin students studying
Virgil, Aeneid 6

 

15.00 – 15.50: Session 4:

Option 1: Socrates and the City
Paul Millett (Downing)
For Classical Civilization Students studying “Socrates and Athens”
For Greek students studying
Plato, Phaedo

Option 2: Remembering the Persian Wars
Franco Basso (Faculty of Classics)
For Classical Civilization students studying “The Persian Wars” or “Greek History: Conflict and Culture”
For Greek students studying
Herodotus 6

Option 3: A Taster of Ancient Greek

Option 4: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology (*)
For Classical Civilization students studying “Classical Art” and any others who are interested.

 

(*) The Museum of Classical Archaeology is home to more than 450 casts of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. But why do we have a collection of copies or ‘fakes’? Join us for a guided tour of the casts and their history, ancient and modern.

 

AS-Level Study Day in Classical Civilization

Tuesday 29 September 2015

Get more out of your Classical Civilization AS-Level by coming to our AS-Level study day. The day consists of talks on subjects on the AS Classical Civilization syllabus given by experts who teach and study at the University of Cambridge. These will help you understand your work in greater depth and show you how what you study fits into the broader context of the ancient world. There will also be an opportunity to take a guided tour of our famous cast gallery of classical sculpture, to visit one of the Colleges of the University, to participate in a taster session where you get to experience what it’s like to learn Latin for the first time, and to find out more about studying at Cambridge and applying successfully to University. See below for this year's programme.

Click here to book your place.

 

10.00-10.30:    Refreshments & Registration

Location: Lady Mitchell Hall Foyer


10.30-11.20:    SESSION 1

Option 1: ‘People power: how the Athenians had real democracy’

Nick Denyer (Trinity)

Location: Lecture Block, Room 3

Option 2: ‘The buildings of Pompeii and the history of Rome’

John Patterson (Magdalene)

Location: Lecture Block, Room 6

Option 3: ‘What did the Romans do for philosophy?’

James Warren (Corpus)

Location: Faculty of Classics, Room G.19

 

11.30-12.20:    SESSION 2

Option 1: ‘Coming Home: Homer’s Odyssey

Ingo Gildenhard (King’s)

Location: Lecture Block, Room 3

Option 2: ‘The kouros as a category’

Nigel Spivey (Emmanuel)

Location: Lecture Block, Room 6

 

12.20 – 14.00: Lunch Break (please bring your own packed lunch)

12.30–13.30: Optional tour of a Cambridge College
Meet outside the Lady Mitchell Hall

13.30–14.00: Applying to Cambridge Q & A

Location: Faculty of Classics, Room G.19

 

14.00-14.50:    SESSION 3

Option 1: ‘Greek Tragedy in its Context’

Rosanna Omitowoju (King’s)

Location: Lecture Block, Room 6

Option 2: ‘Roman architecture and town planning’

Hannah Price (Trinity)

Location: Lecture Block, Room 3

Option 3: ‘Casting light on classical sculpture: from Greece to Rome’ (Museum of Classical Archaeology)

Location: Faculty of Classics

 

15.00-15.50:    SESSION 4

Option 1: ‘Greek Historians’

Franco Basso (Faculty of Classics)

Location: Lecture Block, Room 6

Option 2: ‘Founding a City: Virgil’s Aeneid

Ingo Gildenhard (King’s)

Location: Lecture Block, Room 3

Option 3: A Taster of Ancient Greek

Qasim Alli (King’s)

Location: Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

 

AS-Level Study Day in Latin and Greek

Thursday 1 October 2015

Get more out of your Latin or Greek AS-Levels by coming to our AS-Level study day. The day consists of talks on the AS-Level Latin and Greek set texts given by experts who teach and study at the University of Cambridge. These will help you understand these works in greater depth and show you how what you study fits into the broader context of the ancient world. There will also be an opportunity to take a guided tour of our famous cast gallery of classical sculpture, to visit one of the Colleges of the University, to participate in a “Greek for beginners” taster session, and to find out more about studying at Cambridge and applying successfully to University. See below for this year's programme.

Click here to book your place.

10.00 – 10.30: Refreshments and Registration

            Location: Faculty of Law Foyer

 

10.30 – 11.20: Session 1: AS-level prose set text Latin

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

Ingo Gildenhard (King’s)

Location: Faculty of Law, LG 18

 

11.30 – 12.20: Session 2: AS-level verse set text Latin

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

Chris Whitton (Emmanuel)

Location: Faculty of Law, LG 18

 

12.20 – 14.00: Lunch Break (please bring your own packed lunch)

12.30–13.30: Optional tour of a Cambridge College

Meet outside the Faculty of Law

 13.30–14.00: Applying to Cambridge Q & A

Location: Faculty of Law, LG 17

 

14.00 – 14.50: Session 3: AS-level prose set text Greek and context lecture for prose set text Latin

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

Rosanna Omitowoju (King’s)

Location: Faculty of Law, LG 18

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

Ailsa Hunt (Fitzwilliam)

Location: Faculty of Law, LG 17

Option 3: ‘Casting light on classical sculpture: from Greece to Rome’ (Museum of Classical Archaeology)

Location: Faculty of Classics

 

15.00 – 15.50: Session 4: AS-level verse set text Greek and context lecture for verse set text Latin

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

Emma Greensmith (Peterhouse)

Location: Faculty of Law, LG 18

Option 2: Ovid down the ages: Metamorphoses 3 in literature and art

Ingo Gildenhard (King’s)

Location: Faculty of Law, LG 17

 Option 3: A Taster of Ancient Greek

Qasim Alli (King’s)

Location: Faculty of Classics, Room G.21


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.



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.

 

INSET Days (for teachers and PGCE Students)

INSET Day: GCSE Classical Civilization (Saturday 27 June 2015)

For teachers and current and prospective PGCE students.

This day is open to all those who currently teach Classical Civilization or who might be interested in doing so, including those whose subject specialism is not Classics. There will be opportunities to expand your understanding of the Ancient World through talks from leading Classics academics and to share ideas and best practice with other teachers working in this subject. A full programme will be posted shortly. There is no charge for the day and there will be a limited number of travel bursaries available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. See below for a full programme.

Please click here to book your place.

For any queries about the INSET day please contact Max Kramer on .


Programme: Classical Civilization INSET Day 2015

Registration (Room G.21)

10.30 – 11.00 Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Keynote Addresses (Room G.21)

11.00

The songs the Odyssey knows
Prof. Tim Whitmarsh (Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, University of Cambridge)

12.00

Ovid in Augustan Rome – and Down the Ages
Dr Ingo Gildenhard (Lecturer in Classics and Academic Access Officer)

Lunch

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch will be provided in G.21 and there will be an opportunity for networking.

Curriculum Enrichment (Workshops)

14.00 – 15.00

Option 1

Capturing Classics on Camera: (Re)Creating the Ancient World. (Room G.21)
Stephen Harrison (PhD Student & Faculty Outreach Advisor – Film & Social Media)

Option 2

Making the most of material Culture (The Cast Gallery)
Jennie Thornber (Museum Education & Outreach Co-ordinator)

Plenary Teaching Discussion Session (Room G.21)

15.00 – 16.00 The plenary session will be led by Dr John Taylor (formerly Head of Classics at Tonbridge School). It will consist of a short introduction, followed by three short presentations from participants, with plenty of time for questions and discussion.

16.00 – 16.30 Feedback session, ideas for the future, and planning for the GCSE Classical Civilization and Ancient History study day in September.


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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