The cultures of Greece and Rome lie at the heart of Western civilisation. The Department of Classics provides a range of stimulating and challenging courses for students from a wide variety of backgrounds.
The department is a relaxed and friendly place in which to explore a range of classical subjects and issues. In addition to lectures, there is emphasis on seminar teaching in small groups and on individual return of essays. Our aim is to teach students to read, think and argue for themselves, and to develop personal interests and skills.
We teach innovative multidisciplinary subjects that consider the reception of the classics, material evidence and historical sources, as well as literature and languages. All students are encouraged to travel to Greece, Italy, Turkey, etc. during the summer, and travel scholarships are regularly awarded.
The department houses a fine collection of Greek vases and Egyptian antiques in the Ure Museum. In addition, we enjoy a range of activities outside the syllabus, including visits to museums, sites and plays. The Student Society (Atrebates) is usually active in organising these and other social events such as film showings.
In the most recent Subject Review, the Department was rated 'Excellent' receiving 22 points out of a maximum of 24. The lastest Research Assessment exrercise awarded us a grade 5 (max 5*) for international research excellence.