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Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

 

MML with Classics

Students studying in the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos are able to combine a modern language with either Classical Latin or Classical Greek in the first and second years (Parts IA and IB).

Latin may only be taken by students who have studied to A Level, but Greek may be studied as an ab initio language or post A Level. The usual rules apply that students must offer one language at the post A Level option (Option B) and may offer one language as an ab initio language (Option A).

NB: Classics Part IA exams are held at the start of the Easter Term and teaching of Part IB papers begins directly after. This means that Part IA Classics will be taught and examined over two terms and Part IB Classics will be taught and examined over four terms.

This pathway is only available to students in Part IA and IB, and students returning after their Year Abroad will need to follow the usual paper restrictions for MML students in Part II, which can be found on the MML List of Part II papers. These students will only be able to continue studying their modern language in Part II, however please note that MML Part II students are able to borrow up to two papers from other Faculties, including Classics. Please see the list of MML Part II list of borrowed papers.

A handbook for students produced by the Faculty of Classics is available for download here: Classics Handbook.

Useful information on teaching and examinations can be found here: https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/student-information/undergraduate-students

For more information, you can also contact the Liaison Officers for MML and Classics:

  • Administrative contact: Mr Cristian Torres, MML Joint Programmes Administrator (cmt59@cam.ac.uk)
  • Academic contact, MML: Dr Regina Karosou-Fokas (rk354@cam.ac.uk)
  • Academic contact, Classics: Dr Alessandro Launaro (al506@cam.ac.uk)

Part IA

Candidates for Part IA of the MML Tripos can take either Classical Greek or Classical Latin together with their modern language, see the list of MML IA papers for more information. Classical Latin is available only to candidates with A- level or equivalent in Latin (Option B); Classical Greek is available both to candidates with A-level or equivalent in Greek (Option B) and to beginners (Option A).

Option A (for ‘Intensive Greek’ candidates without A-level Greek) comprises:

  • (i) GL2, a paper containing unseen passages of Greek for translation and seen passages for comment;
  • (ii) GL5, Classical Texts (questions on Greek Literature).

Candidates may optionally offer, in addition to the above, GL7 (Translation into Greek prose and/or verse); see n.3, below.

There is no Option A for ‘Intensive Latin’ candidates without A-level Latin.

Option B (for candidates with A-level Greek or Latin) comprises:

For Classical Greek:

  • (i) GL1, a paper containing unseen passages of Greek for translation and seen passages for comment;
  • (ii) GL5, Classical Texts (questions on Greek Literature).

Candidates may optionally offer, in addition to the above, GL7 (Translation into Greek prose and/or verse); see n.3, below.

For Classical Latin:

  • (i) GL3, a paper containing unseen passages of Latin for translation and seen passages for comment;
  • (ii) GL5, Classical Texts (questions on Latin Literature).

Candidates may optionally offer, in addition to the above, GL8 (Translation into Latin prose and/or verse); see n.3, below. 

Notes

1. If you choose Option A in Classical Greek, you must take Option B in your modern language.

2. Paper GL5 (Classical Texts) has a special rubric for MML candidates, since they are studying only one of the classical languages.

Any Part IA candidates who intend to take in Part IB the papers available in Greek and Roman Philosophy, Greek and Roman History, Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology, or Philology and Linguistics, are strongly advised to attend in their first year the introductory lectures in these subjects (as advertised under the section headed ‘Part IA Courses (Paper 6)’ in this Classics Handbook).

Candidates will be required to answer three questions. 

3. Candidates who take either optional paper involving translation from English into Greek (GL7) or into Latin (GL8) will receive credit for a good performance but will not be in any way penalized should they perform less well.

 


Part IB

Teaching for the Part IB Classics papers will commence in the Easter Term of the first year of study.

Option A modern language with Option B Classical Greek

  • B1 and B2 in the modern language
  • One paper from Schedule IB relating to that modern language
  • GL15 Greek literature
  • One further paper chosen from:
    • Any scheduled paper appearing in Schedule IB of the MML Tripos
    • GL11 Passages for translation from Greek authors
    • GL17 Greek and Roman history
    • GL18 Greek and Roman philosophy
    • GL19 Greek and Roman art and archaeology
    • GL20 Greek and Roman philology and linguistics

Candidates may optionally offer, in addition to the above, GL21 Greek prose and/or verse.

Option B modern language with Option A Classical Greek

  • GL12 Alternative passages for translation from Greek authors
  • GL15 Greek literature
  • One paper chosen from:
    • GL17 Greek and Roman history
    • GL18 Greek and Roman Philosophy
    • GL19 Greek and Roman art and archaeology
    • GL20 Greek and Roman philology and linguistics
  • Two further papers chosen from:

Candidates may optionally offer, in addition to the above, GL21 Greek prose and/or verse.

Option B modern language with Option B Classical Greek

  • B3 and AV in the modern language
  • GL15 Greek literature
  • Three further papers chosen from:
    • Any scheduled paper appearing in Schedule IB of the MML Tripos
    • GL11 Passages for translation from Greek authors
    • GL17 Greek and Roman history
    • GL18 Greek and Roman philosophy
    • GL19 Greek and Roman art and archaeology
    • GL20 Greek and Roman philology and linguistics

Candidates may optionally offer, in addition to the above, GL21 Greek prose and/or verse.

Option A modern language with Option B Classical Latin

  • B1 and B2 in the modern language
  • One paper from Schedule IB relating to that modern language
  • GL16 Latin literature
  • One further paper chosen from:
    • Any scheduled paper appearing in Schedule IB of the MML Tripos
    • GL13 Passages for translation from Latin authors
    • GL17 Greek and Roman history
    • GL18 Greek and Roman philosophy
    • GL19 Green and Roman art and archaeology
    • GL20 Greek and Roman philology and linguistics

Candidates may optionally offer, in addition to the above, GL22 Latin prose and/or verse.

Option B modern language with Option B Classical Latin

  • B3 and MD in the modern language
  • GL16 Latin literature
  • Three further papers chosen from:
    • Any scheduled paper appearing in Schedule IB of the MML Tripos
    • GL13 Passages for translation from Latin authors
    • GL17 Greek and Roman history
    • GL18 Greek and Roman philosophy
    • GL19 Green and Roman art and archaeology
    • GL20 Greek and Roman philology and linguistics

Candidates may optionally offer, in addition to the above, GL22 Latin prose and/or verse.