• 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 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 introduce students to the politics, culture, and mythology of Ancient Greece and 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 secondary sources and critically evaluate them; and

  5. develop a global perspective by studying the histories of two very different and chronologically distant cultures.

Relevant Degrees

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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 - The World of Classical Greece (6 units)

ANCH1014 - Rome: Republic to Empire (6 units)

CLAS1003 - The Myths of Ancient Greece and Rome (6 units)

A maximum of 18 units from the completion of the following list:

ANCH2015 - Travellers and Geographers in Antiquity (6 units)

ANCH2017 - The Roman Empire (6 units)

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

At least 6 units, and a maximum of 18 units, from the completion of the following list:

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

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

CLAS3100 - Remembering and Forgetting in the Roman Empire (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)

LATN2119 - Continuing Latin (L) (6 units)

LATN2121 - Intermediate Latin I (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 - From Empire to Invasions: the Archaeology of Europe from the Romans to the Vikings (6 units)

ARCH2055 - Archaeological Fieldschools and Fieldwork Practice (6 units)

ARCH2058 - European Prehistory from Cultivation to the Celts (6 units)

ARCH3026 - History of Archaeology: Discovering the Past (6 units)

HIST2110 - Approaches to History (6 units)

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

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