Preliminary Examination in Classics

A

  • 1. The subjects of the examination shall be as prescribed by regulation from time to time by the Board of the Faculty of Classics and the Board of the Faculty of Philosophy.

  • 2. A candidate shall be deemed to have passed the examination if he or she shall have satisfied the Moderators in all four subjects: provided that he or she shall have passed in not less than three of the four subjects at one and the same examination.

  • 3. A candidate shall be allowed to offer himself or herself for examination in one or four subjects: provided that no candidate may offer a single subject unless he or she has already satisfied the Moderators in three subjects.

  • 4. The Moderators shall not publish the name of any candidate as having satisfied them in only one subject, unless that subject shall have been offered by the candidate as a single subject.

  • 5. In the case of candidates who have satisfied the Moderators in four subjects at a single examination, the Moderators may award a Distinction to those of special merit.

B

Any candidate whose native language is not English may bring a bilingual (native language to English) dictionary for use in any examination paper where candidates are required to translate Ancient Greek and/or Latin texts into English.

Candidates shall take one of the following courses: IA, IB, IC, IIA, IIB.

Course IA

The examination will consist of the following papers.

  • I-II. Texts and Contexts

    All candidates must offer ‘Texts and Contexts’ listed under Honour Moderations in Classics Course IA, papers III and IV.

  • III. Special Subject

    All candidates must offer one of the Special Subjects listed under Honour Moderations in Classics Course IA, papers V and VI.

  • IV. Unprepared Translation from Greek and Latin

    One paper (3 hours).

Course IB

The examination will consist of the following papers.

  • I-II. Text and Contexts

    All candidates must offer ‘Texts and Contexts’ listed under Honour Moderations in Classics Course IB, papers III and IV.

  • III. Special Subject

    All candidates must offer one of the Special Subjects listed under Honour Moderations in Classics Course IB, papers V and VI.

  • IV. Unprepared Translation from Latin, with simpler Unprepared Translation from Greek

    One paper (3 hours).

Course IC

The examination will consist of the following papers.

  • I-II. Text and Contexts

    All candidates must offer ‘Texts and Contexts’ listed under Honour Moderations in Classics Course IC, papers III and IV.

  • III. Special Subject

    All candidates must offer one of the Special Subjects listed under Honour Moderations in Classics Course IC, papers V and VI.

  • IV. Unprepared Translation from Greek, with simpler Unprepared Translation from Latin

    One paper (3 hours).

Course IIA

The examination will consist of the following papers.

  • I-II. Texts and Contexts

    All candidates must offer ‘Texts and Contexts’ listed under Honour Moderations in Classics Course IIA, papers II and III.

  • III. Special Subject

    All candidates must offer one of the Special Subjects listed under Honour Moderations in Classics Course IIA, papers IV and V.

  • IV. Unprepared Translation from Latin

    One paper (3 hours), as specified for Honour Moderations in Classics Course IIA, paper VI.

Course IIB

The examination will consist of the following papers.

  • I-II. Text and Contexts

    All candidates must offer ‘Texts and Contexts’ listed under Honour Moderations in Classics Course IIB, papers II and III.

  • III. Special Subject

    All candidates must offer one of the Special Subjects listed under Honour Moderations in Classics Course IIB, papers IV and V.

  • IV. Unprepared Translation from Greek

One paper (3 hours), as specified for Honour Moderations in Classics Course IB, paper VII.