As term draws to an end, as Cambridge receives its first wintry snowfall of the year and as Christmas draws ever nearer, how do Cambridge Classics postgrads keep themselves occupied? Without our weekly dose of seminars, teaching and Faculty yoga, what keeps us ticking? The answer, it turns out, is a bit of festive fun: coming up with our own list of Classics-inspired Christmas No.1 singles.
For the past week or so, the white board in the common room has asked ‘What song is no.1 in the Classics Christmas Charts?’, and members of the postgraduate community have gradually peppered the board with their own suggestions, drawing on Latin, Greek and myth to add a Classical twist to some of our favourite Christmas tunes.
In the hope that our efforts might be appreciated by some outside the common room, I’ve decided to share a sample of what we’ve come up with below – enjoy!
And If you have any more suggestions yourselves, do feel free to add them in the comments below!
Nessus the Red-Nosed Centaur
Ding-us Dong-us hilariter in alto
Ningat (ningat, ningat)
Jingle Bell Saxum
(Somnio) Christmas Album
O abies / ὦ ἐλάτη
Ψύχρος ὁ χιονάνθρωπος
Habe tibi hilare christmaculum
Merry Christmas; bellum finit
Fairytale of Novum Eboracum
Emperor Claudius is coming to town
XII Days of Christmas
Tacitus night, Augustus night
Coming Soon: NOW AD79
Bonus Rex Nero (olim espexit)
From all of us in the Cambridge Classics Grad community, we wish you an enjoyable festive break and all the best for the New Year!
And if this isn’t enough Christmas Classics for you, you might also like: