Get ahead with your A-Levels

4 July 2018 - 10:00am

An Introduction to Studying the Ancient World in Yr 13/Upper 6th for students of Class. Civ., Greek, and Latin.

A study day aimed at those who are studying Ancient History, Classical Civilization, Greek, or Latin A-level and have just finished Year 12. The day will consist of lectures, given by experts who teach and study at the University of Cambridge, which will discuss your A-level topics and set texts (and in particular their historical and cultural context). There will also be an opportunity to take a guided tour of our famous collection of casts of ancient sculpture, to find out more about making a successful application to University, and - for those who have not yet studied one of the ancient languages - to participate in a Greek taster session.

Confirmed Timetable for 2018

This year’s Study Day will take place at the Mill Lane Lecture Rooms on the Mill Lane Site. A map can be found here.

10.30-11.20 - Session 1

Option 1: Tacitus, Dr Ingo Gildenhard
Lecture Room 2, Mill Lane
Latin: Tacitus, Annals 1
Ancient History: The Julio-Claudian Emperors, 31 BCAD 68

Option 2:  Political Violence in Rome and Cicero’s Pro Milone, Dr John Patterson
Lecture Room 9, Mill Lane
Latin: Cicero, Pro Milone
Class. Civ: Politics of the Late Roman Republic
Ancient History: The Breakdown of the Late Republic, 88–31 BC

Option 3: Art and Architecture in the Greek World, Dr Carrie Vout
Lecture Room 7, Mill Lane
Class. Civ.: Greek Religion
Class. Civ: Greek Art
Ancient History: Relations between Greek states and between Greek and non-Greek states, 492–404 BC; The Politics and Society of Sparta, 478–404 BC; The Politics and Culture of Athens, c.460–399 BC; The Rise of Macedon, 359–323 BC

Option 4: Thucydides, Dr Manuela Dal Borgo
Lecture Room 4, Mill Lane
Greek: Thucydides
Class. Civ: Democracy and the Athenians
Ancient History: The Politics and Society of Sparta, 478–404 BC; The Politics and Culture of Athens, c.460–399 BC

11.30 – 12.20 - Session 2

Option 1: Ovid’s Heroides, Dr David Butterfield
Lecture Room 2, Mill Lane
Latin: Ovid, Heroides
Class. Civ: Love and Relationships 

Option 2: Seneca, Prof Emily Gowers
Lecture Room 9, Mill Lane
Latin: Seneca, Letters
Ancient History: The Julio-Claudian Emperors, 31 BCAD 68 

Option 3: Why the Persian Wars mattered, Prof Robin Osborne
Lecture Room 7, Mill Lane
Ancient History: Relations between Greek states and between Greek and non-Greek states, 492–404 BC; The Politics and Culture of Athens, c.460–399 BC
Class. Civ: Invention of the Barbarian 

Option 4: Aristophanes, Prof Richard Hunter
Lecture Room 4, Mill Lane
Greek: Aristophanes Acharnians
Class. Civ: Greek Theatre; Democracy and the Athenians
Ancient History: The Politics and Culture of Athens 

Lunchtime 12.20 - 14.00

12.20 - 13.00 Informal Classics at Cambridge Q&A, Dr Nick Zair
Lecture Room 6, Mill Lane

14.00 – 14.50 - Session 3

Option 1: Latin Love Elegy, Prof Stephen Oakley
Lecture Room 2, Mill Lane
Latin: Ovid Amores, Propertius, Tibullus
Classical Civilisation: Love and Relationships 

Option 2: The Odyssey, Prof Tim Whitmarsh
Lecture Room 9, Mill Lane
Greek: Homer, Odyssey
Class. Civ: The World of the Hero 

Option 3: Sophocles, Dr Rebecca Laemmle
Lecture Room 7, Mill Lane
Greek: Sophocles Antigone
Class. Civ. Greek Theatre
Ancient History: The Politics and Culture of Athens, c.460–399 BC

Option 4: Roman Britain, Dr Rebecca Flemming
Lecture Room 4, Mill Lane
Ancient History: Ruling Roman Britain, AD 43–c.128

Option 5: Gudied tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology at the Faculty of Classics
There will be sign-up sheets at registration, for the Museum Tour option. This will be run on a first come, first serve basis.

Option 6: Greek Taster Session
Lecture Room 6, Mill Lane

15.00 – 15.50: Session 4:

Option 1: Virgil’s Aeneid, Prof Stephen Oakley
Lecture Room 2, Mill Lane
Latin: Virgil, Aeneid
Class. Civ: The World of the Hero; Imperial Image
Ancient History: The Julio-Claudian Emperors, 31 BCAD 68 

Option 2: Augustus and Archaeology, Dr Alessandro Launaro
Lecture Room 9, Mill Lane
Augustus - the Architecture of Power
Class. Civ: Imperial Image 

Option 3: Macedon, Dr Ben Raynor
Lecture Room 7, Mill Lane
Ancient History: The Rise of Macedon, 359–323 BC 

Option 4: Philosophy and Athens, Prof James Warren
Lecture Room 4, Mill Lane
Greek: Plato Apology, Xenophon Memorabilia
Class. Civ: Democracy and the Athenians
Ancient History: The Politics and Culture of Athens, c.460–399 BC

Option 5: Greek Taster Session
Lecture Room 6, Mill Lane

Sorry! Our numbers are full and booking for the 2018 Study Day is now closed. Keep your eyes peeled for our other events.

Please note that our booking system does not send out confirmation emails. Once you have completed a booking form your places are confirmed. You will then receive further information nearer the date of the event. If you have any problems or queries about booking please email schools.liaison@classics.cam.ac.uk)

Staying in Cambridge
We are aware that many attendees will be travelling from different parts of the country and may wish to stay in Cambridge. There are a number of colleges that offer accommodation over the summer. You can contact a college directly via its website or search for rooms here: https://www.visitcambridge.org/accommodation/college-rooms or here: https://www.visitcambridge.org/accommodation/college-rooms

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