One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
treated as singular The honors course in classics, philosophy, and ancient history at Oxford University.
- ‘In 1865 Bradley entered University College, Oxford, as a Scholar, getting a first in classical moderations in 1867 but only an unexpected second in literae humaniores in 1869.’
- ‘He received first class honors in classical moderations and literae humaniores and, upon graduation, was elected to a Fellowship of University College, Oxford.’
- ‘So he returned to undergraduate studies and two years later submitted to examination in literae humaniores [classics and philosophy] and acquired for the second time a first class honours degree, one of the best in his year.’
Latin, literally ‘the more humane studies’.
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