Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:
Students typically take the following compulsory second-year modules:
- The Roman Empire: explores the Roman empire with particular reference both to social, religious and economic changes as well as to political and military history.
- Mediterranean Communities: examines the human settlement and material culture of the entire Mediterranean world throughout classical antiquity.
However, students can replace one or both of these modules with the following second-year modules from the Classical Studies programme, in order to customise the programme to match their own interests:
- Early Greek Poetry and Philosophy: surveys the diversity of early Greek thought through the poetry and philosophy of the archaic and early classical periods, and explores themes of conflict, love and the relationship between mortals and gods.
- Culture and Thought in the Late Roman Republic: studies major authors of the Late Roman Republic, such as Catullus and Cicero, against the broader backdrop of Roman art, architecture, politics, culture and social life.
If you decide to take Ancient History in your third and fourth years, you will choose from a wide variety of advanced options, including modules from a wide range of periods that showcase different historical approaches. You will also have access to modules from the Ancient History & Archaeology and Classical Studies programmes, which will give you an even wider choice of social, cultural and historical topics to explore.
Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Approaches to Ancient History
- Persia and the Greeks
- Alexander the Great
- The Culture of Roman Imperialism
- Religious Communities in the Late Antique World
- Roman Slavery
- Greeks and Others.
In fourth year, students also undertake a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice. This independent project enables you to develop key research skills which are desired by both prospective employers and by graduate schools offering postgraduate degrees.