• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Classics
  • Areas of interest Classics and Ancient History , History, Literature, Language Studies

This course introduces students to a range of forms of evidence and methodological approaches used by Classicists in the broad field of Classics and Ancient History.  Each week's seminar focuses on a specific type of evidence and/or methodology.  The range of topics will vary from year to year, but will include topics such as historiography, textual criticism, intertextuality, orality, art history, reception studies, epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology and archaeology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand the full range of types of evidence which underlie our understanding of the Classical world
  2. Understand some of the key methodological approaches used by historical, literary and philological scholars in their study of Greek and Roman antiquity
  3. Appreciate, through a series of case studies, a range of the types of problems addressed by scholars of the Classical world
  4. Demonstrate skills in close reading, marshalling of evidence, and presenting original arguments both verbally and in writing
  5. Undertake HDR research in Classical Studies.

Indicative Assessment

Seminar presentation, 10 minutes and leading discussion (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Two 3000-word essays (20% each) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Final examination, 3 hours (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 36 hours of seminars.
b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HARTS2), Bachelor of Classical Studies Honours (HCLAS), Bachelor of Languages Honours (HLANG) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR). Incompatible with CLAS8019

Prescribed Texts

David Schaps, Handbook for Classical Research (latest edition)

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2531 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

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