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

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

  1. speak with some authority on ancient Greek andRoman history;
  2. think critically and analytically about majorissues and controversies in ancient Greek and Roman history;
  3. write more effectively and critically, andmaster oral communication;
  4. distinguish between primary and secondarysources and critically evaluate them;
  5. demonstrate an ability to manage their time, schedules and deadlines effectively; and

  6. 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 from the completion of the following list:

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

ANCH1014 - Rome: Republic to Empire (6 units)

CLAS1003 - The Myths of Greece and Rome: Mortals, Immortals, and Monsters (6 units)

CLAS1004 - Literature of the Classical World (Texts in Translation) (6 units)

A maximum of 42 units from the completion of the following list:

ANCH2015 - Travellers and Geographers in Antiquity (6 units)

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

ANCH2021 - Ancient World in Film (6 units)

ANCH2022 - The Rise of the Roman Empire (6 units)

ANCH2026 - Rome: After Empire (Europe 400-800 AD) (6 units)

ANCH2027 - Rome: Crisis and Consolidation (193-313 AD) (12 units)

ANCH2101 - Cultures in Conflict: Greeks, Romans and Others in Southern Italy and Sicily (12 units)

ANCH2102 - State, Sanctuary and Community: Archaeology of Settlement and Memory in Ancient Greece (12 units)

6 - 18 units from the completion of the following:

ANCH3503 - Bad Neighbours: Law and life in ancient Athens (6 units)

ANCH3504 - Imperialism, Conquest and Colonisation in the Ancient Mediterranean World (6 units)

ANCH3506 - Dark Age to Democracy: early Greek history, 1000-480 BC (6 units) * Starts in 2022

CLAS3000 - Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion in the Ancient and Modern Worlds (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

CLAS2011 - Traditional Grammar (L) (6 units)

GREK2119 - Continuing Ancient Greek (L) (6 units)

GREK2121 - Intermediate Ancient Greek I (6 units)

GREK2122 - Intermediate Ancient Greek II (6 units)

GREK3125 - Advanced Ancient Greek (6 units)

LATN2121 - Intermediate Latin I (6 units)

LATN2119 - Continuing Latin (L) (6 units)

LATN2122 - Intermediate Latin II (6 units)

LATN3125 - Advanced Latin (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

ARCH2037 - Post-Roman Archaeology of Britain: From Arthur to the Black Death (6 units)

ARCH2055 - Archaeological Fieldschools & Fieldwork Practice (6 units)

ARCH3056 - Britons and Romans: Archaeology of the Western Roman Empire (6 units)

HIST2110 - Approaches to History (6 units)

HIST2243 - Vikings, Crusades, Mongols: Shaping Medieval Europe, c. 850-1300 (6 units)

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