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Gilbert Murray: the Oxford don who made Greek chic

New Statesman 04 May 2022
Dunn emphasises her identity as a practitioner of ancient history – and a graduate of the degree known as literae humaniores or Greats – to explain the focus on the transplanted Australian Gilbert Murray, who from 1908 to 1936 served as the regius professor of Greek, and his most gifted former students ... [See also. How music helps us to feel].

What Are the Great Books Good For?

The American Spectator 05 Jan 2022
Most of the terms in which the ongoing debate over the “Great Books” is carried on aren’t helpful ... More helpful is to consider the origin of the Great Books curricula themselves ... Greats’ real name is literae humaniores, “more humane letters,” a medieval means of referring to sciences other than the most divine of them all, theology ... .

A proper appreciation of arts degrees | Letters

The Guardian 10 May 2021
... in the humanities, but how does one explain their absence in our prime minister (literae humaniores, second class, Oxford, 1987)? Michael J Walsh London ....

A proper appreciation of arts degrees

The Observer 10 May 2021
... claims for clear thinking and similar benefits associated with degrees in the humanities, but how does one explain their absence in our prime minister (literae humaniores, second class, Oxford, 1987)?London.

Why I’m completely addicted to BBC Two’s Industry

New Statesman 25 Nov 2020
Three episodes in and I’m obsessed with Industry, a drama in which pretty much every character is completely horrible ... But then, you know me ... They look so glorious in the autumn ... [see also ... He’s the kind of snob who tells people he read “literae humaniores” when he knows he could save them their embarrassment by saying “classics” instead ... --> ... .

Oxford Should Keep Homer and Virgil on the Syllabus

National Review 28 Feb 2020
The Oxford Student, the largest student newspaper of the nearly thousand-year-old teaching institution, reported in mid-February that the classics faculty has recommended that Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid be removed from the literae humaniores, an undergraduate program in ancient literature, history, and philosophy ... This is an absurd standard.

Has Boris Johnson been picking up tips from the Roman emperors?

The Conversation 13 Feb 2020
On the eve of Brexit, the UK prime minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation with glowing optimism for the future.. The most important thing to say tonight is that this is not an end but a beginning. This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act ... His degree at Oxford was in Literae humaniores , nicknamed “the greats” ... .

Anti-Boris protests outside PM’s college

The Telegraph India 02 Sep 2019
After Eton, it was here that Britain’s current Prime Minister experienced a widening of the intellectual horizons and developed his political values. He came up as an undergraduate in 1983 to do a four-year course in classical literature, history and philosophy known as Literae Humaniores ... “JOHNSON Alexander Boris de Pfeffel. JOHNSON, Boris – b ... .

George Abell: The civil servant who was the first to score a double century on Ranji Trophy debut

Cricket Country 13 Aug 2018
Abell, a wicketkeeper in the match, scored the double hundred for Northern India against Army in 1934-35. By Pradip Dhole. Updated . August 13, 2018 11.23 AM IST ... Going up to Oxford, Abell studied at Corpus Christi College, where he obtained a First Class in Classical Honour Moderations (1925), and a Second Class in Literae Humaniores (1927) ... Note ... .

BBC journalist Spackman in Twitter outburst about QUB standards

Belfast Telegraph 26 Jul 2017
A BBC reporter has tested the corporation's staff impartiality rules by tweeting that academic standards at Queen's University, Belfast have plummeted - despite the institution being ranked in the top 1% of global universities ... He lists his degree in Latin on LinkedIn, which says he went to Oxford from 1998 to 2002 to study Literae Humaniores ... .

Worlds apart

The Spectator 14 Jul 2016
Classics is a boastful subject. Even the name — classics — has an inner boast; as does the classics course at Oxford, Literae Humaniores (‘more humane letters’), and the course’s second half, Greats ... Then he jumps to 218 BC, when China had its first emperor and Hannibal took on Rome ... > .

Lord Williamson of Horton: Senior civil servant whose skills allowed him to steer a course acceptable ...

The Independent 12 Sep 2015
At the top of the many letters Margaret Thatcher wrote about shaking up Europe, there would be the note. “cc Williamson...No, no, no!” ... “Finally,” Hannay recalled, “I suggested a high-risk gamble ... His own academic rigour, learned at Tonbridge School and at Exeter College Oxford, where he read Literae Humaniores (classics), was satisfied by hers ... --> ... .


The Spectator 11 Jun 2015
A notion is going about that, just as readers of film reviews receive spoiler alerts, so readers of anything should get a trigger warning ... In passing, when they talk of Lit Hum, they mean ‘Literature Humanities’, not literae humaniores (in which the comparative form of the adjective is important; these are more humane letters) ... > .

Ivor Guild: Much-loved solicitor and genealogist who became a leading figure in the Scottish Establishment

The Independent 08 Feb 2015
Going up to wartime New College, Oxford in 1942 – at the suggestion of HAL Fisher OM FRS, a family friend and warden of New College (1925-1940) – he was taken under the wing of the then acting warden, AH Smith, and read Literae Humaniores, the demanding first part of Greats, before turning to Law ... “Ivor was devoid of academic snobbery ... .

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