Classics is a lively and substantial component of the Merton community, with 20-25 undergraduates and 10-15 graduates working on classical subjects at any one time, together with a group of fellows and lecturers all actively engaged in carrying out teaching and research on the classical world.
Professor Rhiannon Ash teaches Classical languages and literature (with particular interests in Tacitus and Roman Historiography); Dr Jonathan Prag teaches Ancient History (with particular interests in the evolution of Sicily, the Roman Republic, epigraphy, and digital humanities); Dr Evert van Emde Boas teaches Greek language and literature (with special interests in cognitive and linguistic approaches to Greek drama); Dr Ralf Bader organises Ancient Philosophy teaching and teaches a range of Modern Philosophy options including ethics, metaphysics, and political philosophy; and Professor Irene Lemos teaches Classical Archaeology and specialises in the archaeology of Early Greece, as well as running first year core classes for Classical Archaeology and Ancient History students. We also have the support of two superb college lecturers Dr Mary Whitby (Greek) and Sam Eidinow (Latin).
Students at Merton studying Classics and related degrees will be assigned an individual Director of Studies responsible for guiding their academic progress throughout their degree. Our students will experience a caring, fun, and supportive learning environment, and they will get to know their tutors well, both through the tutorials and small classes which they will share and through regular social events in college. They will also get to know the community of Merton Classics graduates, whether through working with them in the context of our graduate mentor scheme, or attending subject-based events.
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). Last but not least, the college is also able to help our students in various other ways by providing book grants, travel grants, and prizes for excellent work (whether on course or in exams), by ordering books requested by individuals for the college library, and by providing vacation residence to help those preparing for exams.
The Classics tutors at the college are always happy to answer any questions you might have, either about which is the most appropriate degree course for you, or about practical aspects of the admissions process. Please feel free to contact us by email if you have any questions. Our current students are also happy to talk to potential students and to show them around college during termtime.