Find out more about Classics and studying it at Oxford or Cambridge, with lectures, course presentations and stalls. more…
The next annual Oxbridge Classics Open Day will take place in Cambridge on Friday 18 March 2016.
About the day
The Faculty of Classics at Cambridge will host this year’s one-day conference 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 as well as 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.
There will be lectures on Classical subjects and sessions on different aspects of our courses and on the admissions procedures at Oxford and Cambridge – as well as a chance to meet Directors of Studies, current students and to look around the colleges, through pre-booked College tours. There will also be a forum for teachers to meet with Admissions Tutors and Directors of Studies, and special sessions for those who want to find out about beginning languages (either Greek, Latin or both) at University and for those who are interested in reading Greek or Latin with a Modern Language. The Museum of Classical Archaeology will be open to visitors all day with the opportunity to handle artefacts and rare books at certain times. Stalls with staff and students from both Univsersities will be open from 12 until 4pm for you to find out more about the courses on offer.
School groups and individual bookings are both very welcome.
10.00 – 12.00
Registration and Refreshments, Law Faculty
11.00 – 11.45
Plenary 1: Classics at Oxbridge, Lady Mitchell Hall
After the session, the Oxford and Cambridge stalls will be open for you to browse in the Law Faculty.
12.00 – 12.45
Plenary 2: Classics at Oxbridge, Lady Mitchell Hall
12.45 – 14.00
Optional tour of a College (pre-booked): Please meet your student guides in front of the main entrance to the Law Faculty Building
14.15 – 14.45
First Set of Lectures
A picture is worth a thousand words: ancient art as Classics
Dr Carrie Vout (Christ’s College)
How much harm did slavery do to the Greeks and Romans?
Prof. Robin Osborne (King’s College)
Oedipus the Atheist
Prof. Tim Whitmarsh (St John’s College)
Greek Taster Session
14.45 – 15.15
Q & A Sessions for teachers
15.15 – 15.45
Second Set of Lectures
Why doesn’t the earth fall?
Mr Nick Denyer (Trinity College)
Cracking an unknown script: how Linear B was deciphered
Dr Rupert Thompson (Selwyn College)
Metamorphosis (upwards and downwards)
Dr Ingo Gildenhard (King’s College)
Greek Taster Session