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Faculty of Classics


Cambridge is one of a handful of leading centres in the study of Classics world-wide. Committed to advancing research and teaching in all aspects of Classical culture and its reception at the very highest level, it is the intellectual home of some of the best-known Classicists, and of an increasingly diverse body of outstanding graduate students and exceptionally talented undergraduates.

Why support Classics at Cambridge?

We have exciting plans to expand what we do, while still maintaining our traditional excellence. We have a number of related aims for which we need your support. 


Support Studentships

To produce the next generation of Classics teachers and researchers and to expand Classics into new areas of inquiry we need to teach and train young researchers taking our MPhil and PhD degrees. However, it is sometimes difficult for us to admit the very best students we would like to become the Classicists of the future simply because of financial hurdles.  The cost of postgraduate degrees is considerable and the availability of external funding is rapidly diminishing.  For example, the Arts and Humanities Research Council has recently announced a sharp reduction in the number of PhD students it will fund for specific PhD research from 2026.

The Faculty provides scholarships from its own funds for as many of its postgraduate students as possible  to ensure that we are able to train the Classicists of the future. And we have benefitted from the generous support of alumni and friends of the Faculty to do so.  But the funding landscape is becoming more and more challenging. Your help in funding MPhil and PhD Studentships will allow us to expand the support we can offer so we can attract and retain the very best young researchers.

Support our undergraduate teaching

As the number of students taking the four-year Classics course increases, we need to expand our resources for teaching Latin and Greek language in small classes. Your support will allow us to increase our Language Teaching Assistant posts, which not only enhance our teaching strength but also gives important teaching experience to post-doctoral students. Additional support for our Postgraduate Teaching Assistant posts will allow us to train more of our PhD students to become effective language teachers and help us to deliver our undergraduate language programme.

Support Classics outreach for young people 

The Faculty is committed to bringing Classics to students who would otherwise have little exposure to learning about the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. This is the most successful route to attracting talented applicants, particularly to our four-year course. Our success in this endeavour so far is very pleasing but our outreach can be amplified and extended with further support.


There are also some other goals for which more extensive support will be needed.

Endow Academic posts

Create a new Postgraduate Centre

Ways of Giving

We would be very happy to discuss with you what we are doing and what we are trying to do. Simply get in touch with Amanda Lightstone, CUDAR Senior Associate Director for the School of Arts and Humanities or contact James Warren, Chair of the Faculty Board of Classics.

Online giving

It is easy to make an online donation via the University's Online Giving site, where you can donate to either the Faculty in general or make a donation to one of our specific funds.

Further details about making a donation for non UK taxpayers.

Leave a gift in your will

A gift to Cambridge Classics in your Will could help the Faculty flourish into the future, and is a good way to make a significant and lasting contribution. This form of support has the added benefit that legacies to charities are exempt from tax, and so reduce liability for inheritance tax. Further information about leaving a legacy to Cambridge.

Your gift, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated by the Faculty of Classics. All gifts are treated sensitively and confidentially. 

Our Fundraising Promise

We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator, please read our Fundraising Promise.

Thank you for your support.

Latest news

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The Faculty is delighted to announce the election of Professor Josephine (Jo) Crawley Quinn to the Professorship of Ancient History and Professor Serafina Cuomo to the A. G. Leventis Professorship of Greek Culture . Jo will join the Faculty on 1 January 2025 and will be the first woman to hold the Professorship of Ancient...

Craven Seminar 2024

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The programme for the Craven Seminar 2024, ‘Interface Interpretation: exegesis as encounter in Greco-Roman literature’ , is now available online . This will be an in-person event. Please click here to register.

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Jane Draycott will be giving this year’s Classical Equalities lecture, on ‘ Prostheses in Classical Antiquity: Everything You Never Knew You Wanted To Know’. Jane Draycott is Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Glasgow. Her research investigates science, technology, and medicine in the ancient world. She has...

Soundmarks Project

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