Text and Material Culture

Module code: AR7052

Module co-ordinator: Dr Ian Whitbread

From literary texts to papyri, from survey archaeology to sculpture, the range of source material from classical antiquity is broad and challenging. Interdisciplinarity is at the heart of our approach to the classical world here in Leicester, and this module will equip you with the tools and methods necessary to engage in independent interdisciplinary research. You will learn about how to approach a wide range of different source material, and about the opportunities and pitfalls of combining different forms of evidence. You will then apply this knowledge to classical research questions of your own choosing, developed in individual consultation with the module coordinator.

Topics covered

  • Literary texts
  • Non-literary textual sources (epigraphy, papyrology, numismatics)
  • Art and visual culture
  • Landscapes and architecture
  • Material culture
  • Environmental and human remains


  • 10 one-hour lectures
  • 10 two-hour seminars
  • 12 hours of fieldwork


  • Essay, 3,000 words (40%)
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Project, 5,000 words (50%)