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?
Greek literature and language: Professor Constanze Güthenke; Latin literature and language: Professor Beppe Pezzini; Greek Language: Mr Alex Hardwick; Greek History: Professor Kathryn Stevens; Roman History: Dr Anna Clark and Dr Neil McLynn; Ancient Philosophy: Professor Marion Durand.
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.