skip to content
 

Aims and objectives

  1. To develop students’ knowledge, abilities and skills in reading Greek and Latin to a point where they can tackle independently and with confidence authors of whom they have prior experience.
  2. To enhance students’ understanding of the structure and functioning of the Greek and Latin languages.
  3. To further students’ command of Greek and Latin vocabulary.
  4. To develop students’ familiarity with a range of different kinds of Greek and Latin.
  5. To give students an experience of particular texts and authors that will better equip them for tackling Schedule C-E papers.

 

Scope and structure of the examination papers 2023–24

Paper A1. Passages for translation from Greek authors will normally be taken by candidates who had A-Level (or equivalent) Greek before entry to the University.

Paper A2. Alternative passages for translation from Greek authors (Option A) will normally be taken by candidates who had not taken at least a G.C.S.E (or equivalent) in Greek before entry to the University.

Paper A3. Alternative passages for translation from Greek authors (Option B) will normally be taken by candidates who had G.C.S.E (or equivalent) but not A-Level (or equivalent) Greek before entry to the University.

Paper B1. Passages for translation from Latin authors will normally be taken by candidates who had A-Level (or equivalent) Latin before entry to the University.

Paper B2. Alternative passages for translation from Latin authors (Option A) will normally be taken by candidates who had not taken at least a G.C.S.E (or equivalent) in Latin before entry to the University.

Paper B3. Alternative passages for translation from Latin authors (Option B) will normally be taken by candidates who had G.C.S.E (or equivalent) but not A-Level (or equivalent) Latin before entry to the University.

Each paper, to be assessed as a 3-hour in-person examination, will be divided into three sections: A, B and C. Section A will consist of one passage of prose, previously unseen, for translation into English. Section B will consist of one passage of verse, previously unseen, for translation into English. Section C will consist of two previously unseen passages, one of prose, one of verse, of which candidates must translate one of their choice into English. All sections carry equal weight.

In exceptional circumstances, on proposal of the relevant Director of Studies, the Language Teaching Committee may decide to recommend to the Education Committee that a candidate be allowed to take a paper different from the one which they would normally be entitled to.

 

Courses for ALL candidates

If you did not manage to attend these courses in your Part IA year, now is the time to go to:

GREEK ACCENTS

TBC
(4 L: TBC)

The first two lectures will explain the general principles of Greek accentuation; the latter two will take the form of practical classes. Handouts will be provided.

 

GREEK AND LATIN METRE

TBC
(10 L: TBC)

A detailed survey of all the main Greek and Latin metres. After the principles of prosody and scansion have been set out, these metres will be examined roughly in ascending order of difficulty or unfamiliarity. Earlier lectures will begin with the dactylic hexameter and elegiacs, passing through the iambic trimeter and Roman comic metres, and ending with more complex lyric metres in Greek and Latin. Copies of passages discussed, and optional practice passages, will be provided. The earlier lectures, in particular, are recommended for undergraduates. Graduate students are also invited to attend throughout, who may find the later lectures, which will acquaint them with the less familiar metres, particularly beneficial.

Latest news

Classics Shorts with Mary Beard: videos for schools

19 February 2023

We are thrilled to be launching Classics Shorts : a series of videos for schools introducing the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and exploring themes with continuing resonance for the modern classroom. Each film is accompanied by teaching materials for use in schools. Celebrity guests join Mary Beard and her colleagues to...

New appointment in Classical Archaeology

10 February 2023

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Dr Jane Rempel has been appointed to an Assistant Professorship in Classics from 1 September 2023. She is currently Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Sheffield.

Regius Professorship of Greek

16 January 2023

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Tim Whitmarsh FBA has been elected Regius Professor of Greek from 1 April 2023. He is currently the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University. Looking ahead to his new role, Professor Whitmarsh commented: ’I am thrilled and honoured to be taking up this...

Mary Beard receives THE Outstanding Achievement Award

18 November 2022

Professor Mary Beard received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards . The citation hailed how she had “broken through the ivory tower’s walls and brought her unique enthusiasm for her subject – and crucially, what it can teach us about contemporary life and politics – to the world”...