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Classics

Number of students per year: 3 - 6 


Typical offer: A*AA at A-level or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB. For other qualifications, please click here.


Essential subjects: For the Classics 3 year course, A-level or IB Higher Level Latin. (A-level/IB Higher Level Greek is accepted as a substitute.)

For the Classics 4 year course, there are no specific subject requirements.

Useful preparation: You may find essay-based subjects such as English Literature, Classical Civilisation or History to be useful preparation, as well as modern languages.

Classics at Clare

At Clare we aim to make your undergraduate experience with Classics as rewarding as possible by paying close attention to you as an individual.


Within Classics we have no particular subject focus or bias at Clare and we want to encourage students to study what they find most interesting. Part I emphasises the importance of linguistic facility, and supervision in advanced grammar and prose composition is the norm. We don't expect you to know how to do these things on application—instead we make it our goal to teach you what you do not know, and take you on at whatever level you find yourself.

At the moment we have a tight-knit body of language instructors that comprises myself and one or two recent Clare Classics alums; for Caucus work we have good working relationships with expert supervisors across the Faculty.


We also emphasise the importance of writing well, and to that end I normally advise closely on any Thesis work (and the College has a special scheme for this as well); first year students are given explicit instruction and feedback on mechanics and style—subjects not normally taught, at least explicitly.

Beyond our very convenient location for the Faculty and for the University Library, we have a strong Classics holding in our College Library, the Forbes Mellon Library; every incoming student gets a range of critical reference books for long-term loan and the stock is updated after any innovations in the Faculty syllabus.

Written by Dr Charlie Weiss

Director of Studies 

Key People

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Dr Charlie Weiss

Director of Studies & Senior Language Teaching Officer

Dr Weiss came from Atlanta, Georgia to study Classics at Columbia University (BA and MA) and Yale University (PhD), focusing on the languages and literatures of both Ancient Greek and Latin.


He then came to Oxford to teach the subject for five years before becoming (in 2003) a Language Teaching Officer for the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics for Clare College, Cambridge. Dr Weiss specializes in language pedagogy in both languages and teaches Classical languages and literature for Clare College.


Dr Weiss recently published a student’s introduction to Homer’s Odyssey for Cambridge University Press and has undertaken a new edition of Reading Greek for the Press.

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Professor Paul Cartledge

A.G. Leventis Senior Research Fellow, Clare College

Professor Cartledge's specific area of research is Ancient Greek History (c. 1500 BCE on), all aspects thereof.


His latest book is Democracy: A Life (Oxford U.P. 2016, new paperback edition with Afterword, 2018).


Professor Cartledge's next book publication will be Thebes: Forgotten City of Ancient Greece (Macmillan & Abrams, 2020).