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Classics and English at Magdalen

Classics and English make ideal literary partners as subjects for a joint degree.  Quite simply, without the Classics, there would be (almost) no English literature.

The structure of this joint course reflects this symbiosis: it is a truly integrated degree. As well as choosing papers taken by Classics or by English students (e.g., specific periods or specific authors) you will also study themed options that combine Classical and English literature, such as Epic and Tragedy, which trace the respective genres from Homer to Milton and Walcott, and from Aeschylus to Shakespeare and Albee.

The course takes three years if you have already studied Greek and/or Latin to A-level standard, with exams at the end of the first and the third year. If you arrive without Greek or Latin, you will learn either language in a further year at the beginning of the course.

Both Classics and English tutors are strongly committed to the joint degree. Their individual research crosses the boundaries between these two subjects and Laurie Maguire and Felix Budelmann are engaged in a cross-disciplinary research project, on Greek and Shakespearean tragedy.

You will find further relevant information on the Classics and the English pages.