“Classics” is the study of the Greek and Roman cultures in the broadest sense.
At Cambridge we study Greek and Latin language, literature, philosophy, ancient history, art and archaeology.
And by your final year you get to specialise in what most interests you.
“Cambridge is a great place to study Classics. There’s a world-famous library, a unique collection of life-size copies of ancient statues, and over 250 friendly students who’re interested in the same things.”
You don’t have to have taken particular subjects at school to study Classics at Cambridge. Our 4-year degree course starts from scratch and awards the same degree as our 3-year course taken after A-Level Latin.
Doing a history PhD is pointless – according to (both of) my city-banker-friends. All I’m doing is accumulating knowledge with no real world application, they say, as they use their iPhone 5 and somebody else’s money to trade imaginary bits of paper with randomly assigned values. I take their ‘banter’ in good faith, but, after a while, I snap: “Yeah? Well knowing that Arthur Balfour was the second British Prime Minister of the 20th Century once won me £200 in a Pub Quiz.”