Classics is the study of the language, culture, history and thought of the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. The Classics: Rome course gives students a chance to understand all these different elements and gain some experience of learning Latin. This course will provide you with a real feel for what a Classics degree is like, and is designed so that you won't need any prior experience of Classics, or Classical languages to participate.
Classics is a very broad subject and during the week you will attend lectures and seminars on a wide variety of topics, including ancient history, archaeology and literature. There will be a chance to visit the Ashmolean Museum, to examine some Roman artefacts, and you will also take some introductory 'taster' classes in Latin.
Besides the lectures and language classes, you will also be set something to prepare for a tutorial with an Oxford tutor at the end of the week. In most cases this involves being given some ancient texts to read through in advance (and discuss with staff and other students), on which you will be asked to produce a short essay. You will then have the opportunity to talk through your ideas in a tutorial. This process will give you some experience of what the Oxford tutorial system is like, as well as an opportunity to stretch your mind and learn new things.