• 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. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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. develop a global perspective by studying the histories of two very different and chronologically distant cultures
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Requirements

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
CLAS1003 The Myths of Greece and Rome: Mortals, Immortals, and Monsters 6

A maximum of 42 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANCH2015 Travellers and Geographers in Antiquity 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
ANCH2026 Rome: After Empire (Europe 400–800 AD) 6
ANCH2027 Rome: Crisis and Consolidation (193-313 AD) 12
ANCH2101 Cultures in conflict: Greeks, Romans and others in southern Italy and Sicily 12
ANCH2102 State, sanctuary and community: archaeology of settlement and memory in ancient Greece 12

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANCH3503 Bad Neighbours: Law and life in ancient Athens 6
ANCH3504 Imperialism, Conquest and Colonisation in the Ancient Mediterranean World 6
ANCH3506 Dark Age to Democracy: early Greek history, 1000-480 BC 6

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

Code Title Units
CLAS2011 Traditional Grammar (L) 6
GREK2119 Continuing Ancient Greek (L) 6
GREK2121 Intermediate Ancient Greek I 6
GREK2122 Intermediate Ancient Greek II 6
GREK3125 Advanced Ancient Greek 6
LATN2119 Continuing Latin (L) 6
LATN2121 Intermediate Latin I 6
LATN2122 Intermediate Latin II 6
LATN3125 Advanced Latin 6

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

Code Title Units
ARCH2037 Post-Roman Archaeology of Britain: From Arthur to the Black Death 6
ARCH2055 Archaeological Fieldschool 6
ARCH2056 Britons and Romans: Archaeology of the Western Roman Empire 6
HIST2110 Approaches to History 6
HIST2243 Vikings, Crusades, Mongols: Shaping Medieval Europe, c. 850–1300 6
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