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- Oxford remains the best place in the world to be studying Classics. This is no exaggeration but the simple, objective truth, resting upon its huge resources in the form of libraries, museums and teachers.
- We have tutors and lecturers
in all fields of classical studies, whose research interests cover such
diverse subjects as early Greek epic, modern reception of Greek tragedy,
Roman law and citizenship, Platonic ethics, and sculptures on Roman tombs.
- St John's is physically
closest (literally just over the road) to the three most important
buildings in the University for Classics: the Sackler Library (the world's
largest classics library, also housing important papyri), the Ashmolean
Museum (the UK's oldest, with important ancient sculpture and Greek vases),
and the Classics Centre. We also have an excellent Classics collection in
the College library.
- An active student Classics
society is named after an Emeritus Fellow, Professor Donald Russell, who
has been teaching for the College since 1948. It organises talks by
distinguished academics, many of them St John’s alumni, every term.
- St John’s was the alma mater
of some of the most important British classical scholars, including A.E.
Housman (perhaps even more famous as a poet) and Gilbert Murray. The fictional
Inspector Morse also read Classics at St John’s.
- Our classics graduates have
gone on to many diverse fields, including banking, computing, the civil
service, law and academia.