Prepping for Classics
Summer is finally here, but despite the relaxing of a lot of lockdown measures it can still be difficult to think of things to occupy yourself with. Luckily, summertime is the best opportunity to get stuck into some preparation for next year. Whether you’re a fresher wanting to get a headstart on your degree, or a second year or finalist trying to keep in the Classics mindset over the holidays, there is plenty you can do to keep you busy in the current circumstances, as well as topping up the skills for your degree.
This goes without saying, really. Any degree in the Classics department relies on a lot of research of both modern and primary sources. Catching up on a bit of Virgil or Homer can be a great way to keep the classics on the backburner. If you want something entertaining, try some of Martial’s epigrams. The module pages on the classics website are also great for providing a helpful list of recommended reading for your course!
If binge-watching Friends for the fifteenth time just isn’t floating your boat anymore, then try searching ‘Greece’, ‘Rome’ or ‘Archaeology’ into BBC iPlayer or other streaming websites. There’s often something worth watching! If you want something that’s airing regularly, there’s a programme on Roman roads that is going to start on Channel 5 on Wednesday. Documentaries are a great way of absorbing information related to your degree without it feeling like work!
3. Museum Websites
A lot of museums have online collections which are free to browse through, and many have started virtual tours which allow you to experience the exhibitions during lockdown. This is not only a helpful bit of escapism for those with cabin fever, but is also great for highlighting personal areas of interest for your degree. There are also some great walking tours of Pompeii on YouTube that are well-worth a watch, and if it’s finds you’re more interested in, then definitely check out the Portable Antiquities Scheme website!
4. Work on your Languages
For those studying Latin, Greek, or Italian the summer holidays can be a time when your languages skills can go a little rusty! It’s worth trying to keep on top of your skills with casual reminders of grammar or vocabulary. There’s plenty of online resources to help, and again the module pages for each language have some suggestions! For those who will be starting a new language this year, the summer is a chance to get a headstart on that Greek alphabet, some basic Latin declensions, or some Italian greetings and basic vocab.
Those are just a few suggestions on how to use the summer to get a headstart for next year! It’s important not to neglect your degree completely over the summer, and the holidays are a great time to discover more about your studies in your own time.