Classics tries to understand the writings, thoughts and culture of Greece and Rome, which have been so influential in the creation of the modern world. It’s a broad and exciting subject that looks at many different areas, including literature, history, archaeology, art history, philosophy and linguistics.

Rated the best undergraduate Classics course in the country for the last two years (The Guardian), you don’t need to have studied Latin or Greek to take Classics at Cambridge. The Faculty has several different degree programs depending on your experience. Some students have done lots of languages, others have none. What matters is that you are fascinated by the incredibly complex worlds of antiquity.

You’ll start by focusing on the languages and the core literature, but as you progress you’ll be really encouraged to pursue what interests you the most. By the final year you’ll be free to choose subjects ranging from the Late Roman empire and ancient Idols to the Aeneid and the art of collecting.

Full details of the University’s Classics courses are provided on the Faculty of Classics website, and summarised in the University Undergraduate Prospectus.


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