What do students typically find most rewarding about the course?
Four years of close encounter with a culture which is both alien from our own and curiously familiar. Regular contact in very small groups with tutors who are all experts and often leading world experts in their fields, and the range of subject choice available (students for finals choose eight units out of a possible 70 or more, and most subjects are available each year).
What do you see as the benefits of studying Classics at Corpus?
Corpus is fortunate in having four tutorial fellows in the main classical disciplines (Latin, Greek, ancient history, ancient philosophy) plus several more fellows in classics and a number of graduate students in the subject. Though the smallest of the older colleges, we are one of the largest takers of undergraduates in classics, so at Corpus (unusually) classics is the largest subject and students form part of a community of more than thirty.
Who teaches Classics at Corpus?
Latin literature and language: Professor Stephen Harrison (on leave October 2017 - September 2020); Greek literature and language: Professor Constanze Güthenke; Latin literature and language: Dr Abigail Buglass; Greek Language: Mrs Emily Clifford; Greek History: Ms Leah Lazar; Roman History: Dr Anna Clark and Dr Neil McLynn; Ancient Philosophy: Professor Marion Durand.
Professor Kathryn Stevens will be joining Corpus in September 2020 as Fellow in Ancient Greek History. She studied at Oxford and Cambridge, held postdoctoral fellowships in Copenhagen and Cambridge, and since 2014 has lectured at Durham University. Her research focuses on the cultural and intellectual histories of the Greek world and Mesopotamia, and connections between the two, especially in the Hellenistic period (331–31 BC), when Alexander the Great’s conquests and their aftermath transformed the political and cultural dynamics of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. Her first book, Between Greece and Babylonia: Hellenistic Intellectual History in Cross-Cultural Perspective (CUP, 2019) argues for a new, cross-cultural approach to Hellenistic intellectual history, using Greek and Babylonian scholarship as a test case. She has also worked on Hellenistic imperialism, ancient libraries, and astronomy and astrology. She enjoys teaching and supervising across the full range of Greek history and historiography, as well as on Akkadian language and historiography and comparative or interdisciplinary approaches to the ancient Mediterranean world and the Near East.
What have students from the last few years gone on to do after their degree?
Some have gone on to further study or teaching in classics, but most go on to other graduate careers. Law is a particular favourite, but publishing, journalism, banking and accountancy are regular; two have become stage directors, one a stand-up comedian. A good Oxford classics degree is well respected by most employers.