Ancient and Classical Worlds Summer School

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5 – 18 July 2015
Programme Director: Dr Justin Meggitt

The new Ancient and Classical Worlds Summer School will offer a rich selection of courses on a range of past cultures and civilisations taught by leading experts within their disciplines. Whether you are drawn by history or architecture, archaeology or literature, warfare or medicine, the programme will allow you an unrivalled change to immerse yourself in the latest thinking on antiquity.

Who can apply?

Programmes are open to university students, professionals and those with other life experience; gap-year students preparing for university may also apply (students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian if under 18 when the programme commences). Participants must also meet our language requirements.

How to apply

Applications for 2015 will open in December 2014 when the new programmes go live.

For more information about other Summer School programmes please visit:

Academic programme

  • Four special subject courses
    (two per week)
  • Plenary course AE0:
    Parallel Lives
  • Evening lectures

Special subject courses

You choose two courses per week, each has five sessions. Courses are led by recognised experts from the University of Cambridge and other British universities.

Week 1:

11.15am – 12.45pm

Aa1 - Athens and Sparta: rivals for Greek domination
Aa2 - Rome and China
Aa3 - The Ancient Egyptian Empire: treasures, treaties and conquests
Aa4 - Archaeology in the crucible of civilisation: the rise and fall of the Assyrian Empire

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Ea1 - "Ra has placed the king on his throne forever": Ancient Egyptian religion
Ea2 - Ancient Greek philosophers: the Pre-Socratics and Socrates
Ea3 - Building an identity in the ancient world
Ea4 - Ancient engineering

Week 2:

11.15am – 12.45pm

Ab1 - Philip, Alexander and the Macedonian superpower
Ab2 - Inca and Aztec
Ab3 - Greek drama in context
Ab4 - Medicine and miracles in the Roman Empire

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Eb1 - Ancient Greek philosophers: Plato and Aristotle
Eb2 - The first Aegean Empires: the Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations
Eb3 - Representing the hero, representing man: Greek ideas and ideals through their art, architecture and sculpture
Eb4 - The Etruscans

Plenary lectures

All participants attend the series of daily plenary lectures. Course directors and leading specialists associated with the University give lectures on subjects such as the origins of democracy, power in early China, and the limits of Roman rule. Contributors in 2014 included Professors Paul Cartledge, Almut Hintze, David Sedley, and Roel Sterckx. These talks offer a unique opportunity to hear from recognised experts from this University and beyond and in 2015 will focus on Parallel Lives.

Evening lectures

Invited speakers and members of the University will give a varied evening lecture programme, covering a wide range of subjects.


Accommodation is available for participants who want to stay in a Cambridge College. Please see the accommodation options available for this programme.

Non-residential attendance is also available if participants prefer to find their own lodgings.

Programme fees

Programme fees include tuition, bed, breakfast and evening meals unless otherwise indicated.

Pre-enrolment information

Booking terms and conditions


2014 brochure as a PDF (5.31MB)

Contact us

University of Cambridge
International Programmes
Institute of Continuing Education
Madingley Hall
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 760850
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 760848


Teaching and assessment is in English. Students for whom English is not their first language should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Summer Schools brochure download page.