Minor in Ancient History

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Available for students starting in September 2018

If you choose a Minor in Ancient History you will study the ancient history of the classical world and the importance of Greece and Rome to contemporary society. Greece, Rome and the surrounding cultures of the Mediterranean have left a lasting material and textual legacy, and this Minor exposes you to the rich variety of experience in the ancient world. You will gain a deep understanding of this formative period of human history through direct engagement with surviving ancient sources. You will learn to interrogate this evidence in order to gain a rounded picture of life in the past, and see how it has helped to shape the modern world.

Year 1

In your first year you will be introduced to Greek and Roman history through modules that outline the political, military and cultural narrative of the Greek and Roman worlds. Through key lectures and small group seminars you will gain a sense of the primary cultural and historical achievements of these cultures. You will be introduced to specific ancient authors and select material evidence, reading the words, thoughts, and ideas of the ancients themselves.


Year 2

In your second year you will choose one aspect of Greek and Roman history to study in detail during each semester, where you will analyse ancient primary sources in translation. You will put into practice the skills learned in your first year to dig deeper into a particular facet, period or theme related to the ancient world. Key topics in Greek history include the development of the city-state, and the evolution of power and related institutions over time. Roman topics coverthe lived experience of what it meant to be Roman in a multicultural Mediterranean. All modules expose you to a wide range of primary evidence in translation.


Choose one option module from:

  • Classical and Hellenistic States
  • The Late Antique World

Plus one further option module from:

  • The Development of the Early Greek City-State
  • Roman Social History

Year 3

In your final year you will study one aspect of Greek and Roman history during each semester in greater depth. These modules emphasise, in particular, the study of ancient primary sources in translation and how their interpretation has shaped contemporary understanding. Many of these modules are directly related to academic staff research interests, meaning you will engage with leading academics who are shaping our knowledge of the ancient world. When you complete your Minor you will have the skills to digest and summarise a broad range of information, as well as the understanding that our contemporary world has been shaped by all that came before it in some subtle and surprising ways.


Choose one option module from:

  • Sparta and the Greek World
  • Classical Art in Context
  • Roman Crete

Plus one further option module from:

  • The Greek World after Alexander
  • North Africa

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this minor.

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