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Classics

Why Study Classics at St Hilda’s?

St Hilda's has a large and vibrant Classics community at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and senior levels, with regular invited speakers and social events. This is a friendly and academically challenging environment in which Classical students from a diverse range of backgrounds thrive and receive the support needed to realise their potential and achieve excellent results. 

The Classics tutors hold a drinks party every term for all the classical students at St Hilda's, as well as running informal discussion lunches on an exciting range of classical topics which offer the chance to roam off-syllabus. The St Hilda's Classics Society is run by undergraduates, hosting speakers on classical themes, as well as dinners, classical film nights and trips to museums.

Generous bequests mean that we are able to offer substantial financial help towards the cost of travel to classical sites around the Mediterranean world, and we encourage students to make the most of this opportunity. We have a stock of the large Latin and Greek dictionaries for students to keep on long-term loan for the duration of their course. These are expensive items which we recognise many students cannot afford to buy for themselves, but which are an essential aid for translating the considerable number of set texts in the course.

From the purely practical provision of travel grants and dictionaries, to a lively social calendar, we aim to make the study of Classics at this college as enjoyable as it is academically rigorous, for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

 

Subject Tutors

The core tutorial teaching team at St Hilda’s consists of two tutors in Classical Languages and Literature and one Ancient Historian. Their research interests range widely from Homer and Greek Religion, to Augustan Latin poetry, and Greek and Roman historiography.

- Dr Rebecca Armstrong
- Dr Katherine Clarke
- Dr Emily Kearns

Tutorial teaching in Philosophy is provided by two subject tutors. See the Philosophy page for more information.

We are also very pleased to have with us other Classicists with research interests in the Reception of Greek and Roman literature.

- Dr Fiona Macintosh 
- Dr Helen Slaney
- Dr Amber Gartrell
- Calypso Nash

The Classics tutors host a party every term for all the classical students at St Hilda’s.

Further Information

Further application information

There are courses in Classics to suit those with and without A-Levels in Latin and Greek. St Hilda’s welcomes applicants from all backgrounds, including those who have had very little opportunity to study either classical language.

Please visit the Classics course page on the University Web site for details on entrance requirements. We also recommend you visit the Classics Faculty website for more information.

The Joint Association of Classical Teachers offers excellent summer schools in both Latin and Greek at all levels which we strongly encourage Classics students to attend before they begin their studies in Oxford.

Dictionaries

We have a stock of the large Latin and Greek dictionaries for students to keep on long-term loan for the duration of their course. These are expensive items which we recognise many students cannot afford to buy for themselves, but which are an essential aid for translating the considerable number of set texts in the course.

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After St Hilda's

Our Classics graduates move into a diverse set of careers. Many remain so enthusiastic about the subject that they choose to do further research or become school teachers. Others have gone on to work in areas such as film, theatre, business, law and the civil service. 

Historian, author, and broadcaster Bettany Hughes (Ancient and Modern History, 1985) speaks about her time at St Hilda's and the tutorial system at Oxford in a video podcast.

Read author Dr Daisy Dunn (Classics, 2005)'s interview about her time at St Hilda's and how it influenced her future career.