Preliminary Examination in Ancient and Modern History
Differences from 2014/15 to 2023/24
The Preliminary Examination in Ancient and Modern History shall be under the joint supervision of the Boards of the Faculties of Classics and History and shall consist of such subjects as they shall jointly by regulation prescribe. Lists of available papers will be published by the beginning of Trinity Term prior to candidates beginning their studies for the examination.
Every candidate shall offer four papers, as follows:
GeneralEuropean & World History: any one from a list of Outline papers defined by the followingFaculty period papers I: 370-900 ( The TransformationBoard of the Ancient World ), II: 1000-1300 ( Medieval Christendom and its neighbours ); III: 1400-1650 ( Renaissance, Recovery, and Reform ), and IV: 1815-1914 ( Society, Nation, and Empire )History.
2. A paper in
Eithereither Greek History 650-479 bc : The Archaic Greek Worldor Roman History, 241-146as bc :defined Rome andby the MediterraneanFaculty Board of Classics.
EitherAn TheOptional WorldSubject of Homer and Hesiod (Homer, Iliad, Odyssey (tr. Lattimore); Hesiod, Works and Days (tr. M. L. West, Oxford 1988); or Augustan Rome (as specified in the Handbookfor thethis Preliminary Examination in History);or any other Optional Subject specifiedfor the Preliminary Examination in History.
EitherOne of the following subjects:
(a) Approaches to History, as specified for the Preliminary Examination in History;
(b) Historiography: Tacitus to Weber, as specified for the Preliminary Examination in History;
orEither Herodotus, V. 26-126, to be read in English, and VI. , ed. C. Hude (Oxford Classical Texts, 3rd edn., 1927);
or Sallust, Jugurtha, to be read in Latin
ed.prescribed L.editions Reynolds ( oct , 1991) (for Herodotus and Sallust , candidateswill be requiredspecified to illustrate their answers by reference toin the specifiedcourse textshandbook.
; orBeginning Ancient Greek or Beginning Latin or Intermediate Ancient Greek or Intermediate Latin or Advanced Ancient Greek or Advanced Latin.
Any candidate whose native language is not English may bring a bilingual (native language to English) dictionary for use in any examination paper where candidates are required to translate Ancient Greek and/or Latin texts into English.
The individual specifications and prescribed texts for Optional Subjects, Approaches to History, and Historiography: Tacitus to Weber as specified for the Preliminary Examination in History will be published for candidates in the Handbook for the Preliminary Examination in History by Monday of Week Nought of Michaelmas Term each year for the academic year ahead. The individual specifications and prescribed texts for the Optional Subject Augustan Rome will be published for candidates in the Handbook for the Preliminary Examination in History by Monday of Week Nought of Michaelmas Term each year for the academic year ahead. Depending on the availability of teaching resources, with the exception of Optional Subject 1, not all the Optional Subjects listed in the Handbook will be available to candidates in any given year. Candidates may obtain details of the choice for that year by consulting the Definitive List of Optional Subjects posted at the beginning of the first week of Michaelmas Full Term in the History Faculty and circulated to Ancient and Modern History Tutors. The individual specifications and prescribed texts for Beginning Ancient Greek, Beginning Latin, Intermediate Ancient Greek, Intermediate Latin, Advanced Ancient Greek and Advanced Latin will be published for candidates in the Ancient and Modern History Handbook by Monday of Week Nought of Michaelmas Term each year for the academic year ahead.
Candidates who fail one or more of papers 1, 2, 3, or 4 above may resit that
subjectpaper or subjectspapers at a subsequent examination.