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 (Constanze Güthenke (Greek), Beppe Pezzini (Latin), Kathryn Stevens (Ancient History), and Marion Durand (Ancient Philosophy)) plus several fellows and lecturers in Classics and cognate subjects and a number of graduate students. 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?
Greek literature and language: Professor Constanze Güthenke, Dr. Alexandra Hardwick, and Mr. Henner Petin; Latin literature and language: Professor Beppe Pezzini and Dr. Stefano Cianciosi; Ancient Philosophy: Professor Marion Durand; Greek History: Professor Kathryn Stevens and Mr. Dan Etches-Jones; Roman History: Professor Anna Clark, Dr. Simon Day, and Dr. Neil McLynn.
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.