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

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

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANCH1013 Ancient Athens: democracy and empire 6
ANCH1014 Rome: Republic to Empire 6

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

Code Title Units
ANCH2014 Homer and the Trojan War 6
ANCH2015 Travellers and Geographers in Antiquity 6
ANCH2016 Bad neighbours: Law and life in ancient Athens 6
ANCH2017 Emperors and Madmen: The Early Roman Empire 6
ANCH2020 A region in antiquity: Gallipoli and western Turkey 12
ANCH2021 Ancient World in Film 6
ANCH2022 Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World 6
ANCH2023 State, sanctuary and community: archaeology of settlement and memory in ancient Greece 12
ANCH2101 Cultures in conflict: Greeks, Romans and others in southern Italy and Sicily 12
ANCH2024 Dark Age to democracy: early Greek history, 1000-480 BC 6
ANCH2025 Imperialism, Conquest and Colonisation in the Ancient Mediterranean World 6
ANCH2026 Rome: After Empire (Europe 400–800 AD) 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
CLAS2011 Traditional Grammar (L) 6
GREK2101 Intermediate Ancient Greek 6
GREK2117 Advanced Ancient Greek P - Reading course 6
GREK2118 Advanced Ancient Greek Q - Reading Course 6
GREK2119 Continuing Ancient Greek (L) 6
GREK2125 Advanced Ancient Greek 6
LATN2101 Intermediate Latin 6
LATN2118 Advanced Latin Q - Reading Course 6
LATN2119 Continuing Latin (L) 6
LATN2125 Advanced Latin 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
HIST2110 Approaches to History 6
ARCH2037 Post-Roman Archaeology of Britain: Arthur and the Anglo Saxons 6
ARCH2056 Britons and Romans: Archaeology of the Western Roman Empire 6
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