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Old July 26th, 2016, 05:50 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by World Focker View Post
No, not really. By any metric Oxford isn't just the best Classics department in the world, but by an incredible margin. At this point insurmountable.
Oxbridge is one thing, other British universities are a different matter. Although to be fair, many British universities excel at Classics, when you start talking about research, literature, archaeology and history. I was just talking specifically about the languages. The days when all humanities students entered university with 7 years of both Greek and Latin under their belts are over, but that is not the case in many other European countries. As a result, the average British Classics student will not leave university with the same kind of skill in Latin and Greek as their peers in Europe, unless they went to public school. It's just not possible, when so many universities these days offer Classics with one or both languages from scratch.

I will further say (though this is getting off topic) that I'm as normal as you, despite my Oxbridge education. Furthermore yes we do expect people to be able to read Latin and Greek without prior preparation.
Well that was not the case in my uni. And let's not get into the subject of 'normality' when neither of us knows anything about each other. Besides I'm hardly 'normal', I attended a private school and I did study Latin there, and as a result lost many of my state educated friends because they thought I was 'too posh'.

You have an odd chip on your shoulder and a very odd, narrow, viewpoint.
What on earth are you on about. I was simply saying that judging the British education system by watching documentaries about Oxbridge is not going to lead to a very accurate picture of the situation, because Oxbridge (especially the Classics department) draws a large number of its students from elite public schools like Eton, where Latin and Greek are compulsory, whereas the vast majority of British students attend schools where Latin and Greek are not offered (and indeed, live in countries where Greek is not even available as a school subject).

Whereas in Europe, many countries have education systems where Latin and Greek are central to the curriculum.
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