Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
You will take courses in the literature and history of the Graeco-Roman world. You will also take a post-A Level Latin course, concentrating on honing your linguistic abilities, and developing a wider knowledge of Latin prose and verse authors. If you do not have prior experience of Greek language, you will take an intensive ab initio course during the year. If you do have Greek as well as Latin, you will study both languages at the advanced level and widen your literary repertoire at the same time. You may also have the opportunity to choose an option to study the cultures of Egypt and Ancient Western Asia or Byzantium, or to pursue an interest in the art and archaeology of Greece and Rome.
Example optional modules, choose either:
Those without prior Greek will take the following:
- Beginners Greek 1 and Beginners Greek 2 (20+20 credits)
or those with A Level or equivalent will take the following module:
Our compulsory modules take you to the heart of the cultures of Athens and Rome. In Rome, you will be immersed in the age of Cicero and the dying days of the Roman republic, studying authors such as Catullus, Sallust and Lucretius as well as the many and varied works of Cicero himself. In Athens, the tragedies and comedies of the great Greek dramatists will bring to life the soul of Athens’ participatory democracy. In your Greek and Latin literary texts seminars you will study a range of verse and prose literature in close detail (set texts will include, for instance, a play by Euripides or Sophocles, a book of Ovid’s Art of Love or Metamorphoses, a selection of Cicero’ s letters, or a book of Tacitus’ Annals). You will also be able to choose from our unique range of options in literature, culture, language, myth, religion, art, philosophy, archaeology and history. A special feature of the second year is the Study Tour to Greece or Italy in the Easter vacation. The trip is subsidised by the University. Second year modules include:
Example optional modules:
The range of modules on offer may differ from year to year, but the following are currently available:
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
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The highlight of the final year is your dissertation: a substantial research project, working closely with Greek and/or Latin texts which is developed in collaboration with your supervisor on a subject of special interest to you. In the final year seminars, students and lecturers will discuss a range of Latin and Greek literary texts, and students will give formal research presentations. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a very wide range of options, including not only Greek and Roman topics, but also options in Archaeology, Egyptology and Ancient Western Asia.
- Classics Dissertation (based on research into and interpretation of texts or courses in the original languages (Ancient Greek or Latin) (40)
- Greek Verse Texts (20)
- Latin Verse Texts (20)
Example optional modules:
You will have the opportunity to choose 40 credits from the options available to all students within the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology. The range of modules on offer may differ from year to year, but the following are currently available:
- Greek and Roman Wall Painting (20)
- Greek Mythology (20)
- Seminar III (choice of seminar topics) (20)
- Sparta (20)
- The Age of Nero (20)