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Classical civilisations uncovered at Cambridge taster day

Published on 05/02/18

Students from Jane Austen College discovered how the study of ancient civilisations is alive and well during a visit to the classics faculty at Cambridge University.

The visit aimed to encourage students to consider choosing classics – the study of ancient Greek and Roman history, languages, and culture – as their university subject.

The group of 18 GCSE Latin students got up close to ancient artefacts at the university's archaeological museum, followed by a lecture from a professor about the “golden age” of Greek and Roman literature and its links to the modern day.

Lunch was held in the 19th-century hall at Gonville and Caius College, described by one student as “just like Hogwarts!”, before a tour of the college’s chapel and library.

Assistant principal Catherine Berwick said: “This was a hugely successful day which gave our students a great insight into what it would be like to study classics at Cambridge.

“You don’t need to have studied Greek or Latin to read classics at university, and I would encourage any student interested in this fascinating subject to contact me for more information.”