King George V College


Studying Classical Civilisation at KGV will give you the opportunity to understand the society and culture of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, by studying at one of the top centres nationally for this subject. Our students tell us that they enjoy the wide range of the course, which covers social history, art history, mythology, drama, literature and philosophy – all linked by the common theme of the ancient world. During your time as a Classicist at KGV you will acquire a range of transferable skills, including essay-writing, building an argument and analysing literature, but you will also learn some very specific skills, including how to identify different styles of architecture or date a statue.


The backbone of our current course is formed by three major epic poems (the Iliad, the Odyssey & the Aeneid), which are all based around the mythology of the Trojan War. We also study the Roman Class system through the eyes of four different writers. For many students, the highlight of the course is the module on Greek Art & Architecture, which will change the way you look at the world around you.


In 2015, 70% of our Classics students who chose to go university, achieve places at prestigious Russell Group universities, with the most popular destination being Edinburgh University. The Classics department at KGV has a very strong track record of encouraging students to aim high; since 2001, 21 of our students have gone on to study Classics at Oxford, and in some years our students have formed a fifth of the Oxford Classics intake. Former KGV Classics students are now working in: journalism, publishing, museums (including the British Museum), teaching, the European Commission, NATO, and the Foreign Office.

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