Rhiannon Ash teaches Latin literature options for Mods and Greats, especially authors and topics relating to the imperial period.
Studying Classics & joint schools at Merton
Classics is a lively and substantial part of the Merton community, with 20-25 undergraduates and 10-15 graduates in classical subjects at any one time, together with a group of fellows and lecturers all actively engaged in research on the classical world.
Subject-based events are organised on an occasional basis, such as the presentation of current research by tutors, graduates, and final-year undergraduates within the college We are lucky to have a dynamic and supportive 'subject family' within college, which means that undergraduates can count on plenty of help and guidance (from both their student peers and their dedicated Directors of Studies amongst the Fellows) as they make their way through the course.
We also welcome applicants for Classics (known as Literae Humaniores at Oxford) with Latin, Greek, or both. Applicants wishing to study the classical languages from scratch should apply for Course II, those with only one language for either Course IB (Latin, no Greek) or IC (Greek, no Latin). There are no specific A-level subjects required for any of the courses in Classics or Classical Archaeology & Ancient History, although an A-level in History is normally expected when applying for Ancient & Modern History.
Average intake: Four for Classics and one or two for joint schools.
"We were interested in how candidates engaged with and thought about literature rather than in testing factual recall; and in gauging their aptitude for (rather than knowledge of) ancient history and philosophy."