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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:  Title to be announced (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


If you would like to attend, please contact Max Kramer on (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 Day

Sixth Form Study Day The annual Sixth Form Study Day takes places on Tuesday, 23 September 2014. Last year's programme is available below to give you an idea of the kind of lectures and activities that may be on offer.

10.30-11.00 Refreshments & Registration (Lower ground atrium)


Option 1: Dr Rebecca Flemming, Roman Women (room LG18)

Option 2: Dr Helen Van Noorden, The Iliad (room LG19)



Option 1: Dr Paul Millett, Homer’s Odyssey and society (LG18)

Option 2: Dr Rosanna Omitowoju, Greek tragedy and its context, with reference to Oedipus Rex, Antigone, Hippolytus, and Medea (LG19)

Option 3: Tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology



You will be able to eat it outside, or, if the weather is not good, in the Faculty of Law or Undergraduate Common Room in the Faculty of Classics.


Option 1: Prof. Richard Hunter, Aristophanes and Athens (LG18)

Option 2: Prof. Robin Osborne, Understanding classical Greek art (LG19)



Option 1: Dr Ingo Gildenhard, Virgil’s Aeneid (LG18)

Option 2: Prof. Stephen Oakley, Livy and the Punic Wars (LG19)

Option 3: 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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