• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest History
  • Major code ANCH-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Ancient History Major

The Ancient History major focuses on two of the great civilisations of the ancient Mediterranean, Greece and Rome. These civilisations have been enormously influential down to modern times: the Greeks invented democracy, history, philosophy and the scientific method, while the Mediterranean has never again been united as it was under Roman rule, and Rome’s legacy continues to resonate in modern oratory, law, urbanization and international relations. Much of Western culture claims descent from Greece and Rome, yet these ancient societies were also exotically different from our own.

The First Year courses in Ancient History treat Classical Greece and Late Republican Rome, while also training students in how to use and read ancient sources (in translation). Later Year courses will cover a range of periods and aspects of Greek and Roman history, including politics, war and imperialism, society and economy, and mythology, art and architecture. 



Due to structural changes in the undergraduate program rules in 2012, the courses that make up the new 2012 majors may be different to the pre-2012 majors, and therefore some courses cannot be counted between majors.  Students are advised to contact the CASS Student Office if they are unsure about their Majors.


Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this major, students should be able to

  1. speak with some authority on ancient Greek and Roman history;
  2. think critically and analytically about major issues and controversies in ancient Greek and Roman history;
  3. write more effectively and critically, and master oral communication;
  4. distinguish between primary and secondary sources and critically evaluate them;
  5. demonstrate an ability to manage their time, schedules and deadlines effectively
  6. to develop a global perspective by studying the histories of two very different and chronologically distant cultures
Back to the top


This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of 1000 level courses from the following list:

ANCH1013 – Ancient Athens: Democracy and Empire (6 units)

ANCH1014 – Rome: Republic to Empire (6 units)


A maximum of 48 units from completion of core courses from the following list:

ANCH2009 - Artefacts and Society in the Greco-Roman World (6 units)

ANCH2014 - Homer and the Trojan War

ANCH2015 - Travellers and Geographers in Antiquity

ANCH2016 - Bad neighbours: Law and life in ancient Athens (6 units)

ANCH2017 - Emperors and Madmen: The Early Roman Empire (6 units)

ANCH2019 - Warfare in the Greek and Roman worlds (6 units)

ANCH2020 - A region in antiquity: Gallipoli and western Turkey (12 units)

ANCH2021 - Ancient World in Film (6 units)

ANCH2022 - Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World (6 units)

ANCH2023 - State, sanctuary and community: archaeology of settlement and memory in ancient Greece

ANCH2024 - Dark Age to democracy: early Greek history, 1000-480 BC

ANCH2101 - Cultures in conflict: Greeks, Romans and others in southern Italy and Sicily

CLAS2002 - Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome (6 units)


A maximum of 12 units from completion of later-year CLAS, GREK or LATN courses, and/or courses from the following list:

ARCH2037 - Post-Roman Archaeology of Britain: Arthur and the Anglo Saxons (6 units)

ARCH2056 - Britons and Romans: Archaeology of the Western Roman Empire (6 units)

HIST2110 - History and Theory

Back to the top

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions