• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest History
  • Minor code ANCH-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Ancient History minor 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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This minor requires the completion of 24 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
CLAS1004 Literature of the Classical World (Texts in Translation) 6

A maximum of 24 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
ANCH2021 Ancient World in Film 6
ANCH2022 The Rise of the Roman Empire 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
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
CLAS3000 Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 6
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