Preserve Homer and Virgil in Mods

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Nikhil Mukherjee
Jan 5, 2021
I read Mods IIA and therefore did not get to do Homer or any Greek at all in Mods, but I wish I could have. In any event, I made sure to do Greek via the Second Classical Language papers in Greats. The verse paper (Iliad XXIV and the Bacchae) was actually my best work. I only infrequently find time to dip back into ancient authors nowadays, but Homer and above all Virgil are almost alone the ones to which I keep returning.

Far from axing them from Course I, the faculty ought to be racking their brains how they might make both authors available to Course II, at least to those whose interests lie more in language than in content. Maybe a fair trade for two languages from scratch, and so many books of Homer and Virgil, would be to reprieve them of the texts and contexts essay paper, which is frankly torture for budding grammarians, and of one of the two special subjects. That could make an attractive third variant of Course II, and, mind you, I say that as someone of, charitably, middling ability. There was a time I put something like this to one of my tutors, who acknowledged that his apology for the monolingual mods II amounted to "defending the indefensible".

If they go through with the proposed changes, no doubt they will live to regret them. Et si fata deum, si mens non laeva fuisset...

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Magdalene Sotirianos
1 year ago
Homer’s works the Odyssey and the Iliad are universal . Removing them would be unthinkable

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Demetrios John Tsinopoulos
1 year ago
It is incomprehensible that these masterpieces which are the foundation of so much would ever be considered to be removed..

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Christopher Petty
2 years ago
The removal or censorship of Classical literature from curriculum sets a dangerous precedent. It must be stopped.

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Victor Campbell
2 years ago
I went up to Oxford in 1998 and read Classics at Balliol. I was very lucky to have been taught by Homer and Virgil experts, the late great Jasper Griffin and Oliver Lyne. It really would be such an awful shame were these seminal and beautiful works in their original Ancient Greek and Latin be removed from the Mods syllabus.

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Evan der Millner
2 years ago
I think it would be a travesty to remove these from compulsory study of the Classics. It would as absurd as studying western theology while removing the Bible as a compulsory text.

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Emma Bruning
2 years ago
History needs to be respected and preserved

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Neil Bromage
2 years ago
Remove the Classics from our literature and you remove the culture.

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David Counts
2 years ago
Homer and Virgil are gifts which every University should give liberally to their students.

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Ann Robertson
2 years ago
I'm a working class, state educated person. This move would exclude people like me more. More Classics in schools is the answer.