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Oxbridge Classics Open Day

The next Oxford and Cambridge Classics Open Day will be held in Cambridge in March 2020.

Find out more about applying to study Classics at Oxford and Cambridge, with course presentations, taster lectures, and opportunities to ask questions to current students and academics. This open day is aimed at all students (UK and abroad) interested in pursuing a Classics degree. They offer the chance to find out more about Classical subjects in general, but also the specific degree programmes offered by Oxford and Cambridge in particular.

The one-day conference is for all sixth formers who may be thinking of reading Classics at University.  This is a fun and informative event with sample lectures and briefing sessions by the Access and Outreach Teams from Oxford and Cambridge. Our aim is to give sixth formers an opportunity to find out what it is like to study Classics at University and a chance to ask questions they may have about the subject.  The day is particularly focused around the courses on offer at Cambridge and Oxford, but is also intended to be relevant for students who may be considering studying Classics or related subjects at other Universities. 

A programme of events will be running throughout the day, including an introductory session, museum visits, taster lectures, stalls covering various courses and application questions, and a teacher’s forum. The aim of the day is to help young people make informed decisions about their university choices, encourage them to consider Classics as an exciting and worthwhile option, and to help them develop their interest and understanding of the ancient world.

More details on the programme for the day will be available closer to the time.

School groups and individual bookings are both very welcome.

Example 2018 programme 

From 10.30am-1pm and from 2-4.30pm stalls will be open. The Museum of Classical Archaeology in the Classics Faculty is open all day. From 2pm-4pm there will be the opportunity to handle ancient objects in the museum, with experts on hand to answer your questions.

10.30 – 11.00 Registration and Refreshments, Lady Mitchell Hall

11.00 – 11.45 Plenary: Classics at Oxbridge, Lady Mitchell Hall

12.00 – 12.45 Mary Beard and Llewelyn Morgan in discussion, Lady Mitchell Hall

 12.45 - 14.15 Lunchtime 

Please remember to bring your own lunch. If you wish to visit any of the colleges, during this time, please do so. See MAP.

14.00 – 16.30 Stalls and lectures

 14.15 – 14.45 First Set of Lectures & Greek Taster session

 Lucretius and the fight against superstition - Dr Myrto Hatzimichali (Homerton College), Lecture Room 3, Lecture Block

 Met-amor-phosis: Erotic Classicizing in Western Culture - Dr Ingo Gildenhard (King’s College), Lecture Room 5, Lecture Block

Cursing and the city - Dr Hannah Willey (Murray Edwards), Lecture Room 6, Lecture Block

Greek Taster Session 1, Room 2.04 Faculty of Classics

15.30 – 16.00 Q & A Sessions for teachers, Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

15.30 – 16.00 Second Set of Lectures & Greek Taster session 

Excavating Mycenaean Greece - Dr Yannis Galanakis (Sidney Sussex), Lecture Room 3, Lecture Block

 Greek Literature – Homer, the “Bible of the Greeks - Prof. Tim Whitmarsh (St John’s College), Lecture Room 5, Lecture Block

 Philology and Linguistics – The Linguistic Paleontologist: Unearthing the roots of Greek and Latin - Dr Rupert Thompson (Selwyn College), Lecture Room 6, Lecture Block

 Greek Taster Session 2, Room 2.04 Faculty of Classics

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