The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
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.
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 core 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:
The range of modules on offer may differ from year to year, but the following are currently available:
Students who have achieved grades of 2.1 or above in their first year will have the opportunity to take a year abroad between their second and final year at one of a wide range of carefully selected partner institutions from around the world. In addition to the tutor support given from the host University, students who choose to take a Year Abroad will be allocated a member of staff from the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology who will monitor their progress while overseas through email and Skype contact.
The highlight of the final year is your dissertation: a substantial research project, working closely with Greek and/or Latin texts developed in collaboration with your supervisor, on a subject of special interest to you. In addition to this, you make free choices from our unique range of options. In the Finalists’ Seminar, 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)
- Latin Verse Texts (20)
- Greek Verse Texts (20)
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)