Introduction to Classical Culture

Module code: AH1013

  • What did the Greek and Roman worlds have in common?
  • Why do we see the Greek and Roman worlds together as a single 'classical antiquity'?

This module will develop the themes explored in 'The Ancient World Beyond the Mediterranean', questioning whether the Greek and Roman worlds shared more with each other than with their other neighbours. In lectures and seminars, we will explore the cultural ties that held the classical world together, examining in particular literature, art, architecture and other cultural products. 

Topics covered

  • The Renaissance and Victorian origins of the ‘Classical’
  • Literary genres and conventions
  • Religious difference and exchange
  • Science and Engineering
  • Law and Politics
  • Family structures
  • Slavery and identity
  • Museums and Classical Antiquity