Ancient History (V110)
If you are primarily interested in the history of the Greeks and Romans, this is the programme to choose. The first year shares with our other programmes the two core modules entitled Remembering Athens and Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus, which will introduce you to classical Athens and early imperial Rome. This will prepare you for a wide range of more specifically historical modules about politics and society in the ancient world available in your second and third years: at least half your programme in these years will concentrate on historical topics, and in your final year you will write a dissertation on a subject of your choice.
Click here to read about the choice of modules available in the department.
Here are the official regulations for Ancient History.
V110 Ancient History BA
|Year of Entry||2015|
|Mode of study||Full Time|
|Typical offers||A Level||AAA|
|Telephone||+44 (0) 191 334 1670|
In the first year, all students take two interdisciplinary modules that serve to give everyone grounding in the central periods of Greek and Roman culture:
- Remembering Athens
- Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus
Other first-year optional modules include:
- Beginners’ Latin and Greek
- Intermediate Latin and Greek for those with an A-level or equivalent
- Greek Art and Architecture
- Early Greek Philosophy
- The Craft of the Ancient Historian
- Living in the Classical World
Many of the modules in the second year are broad surveys, for example of a historical period or a literary genre.
Students of Latin and Greek may carry on to a higher level in the second year, where the level depends on whether they took Beginners’ language in the first year or came in with an A-level.
Historical offerings currently include:
- Archaic Greece
- Athens, Sparta and the Greek World
- History of The Hellenistic Age
- Crisis of The Roman Republic
- Emperors and Dynasties
Cultural surveys include:
- The Ancient Novel
- Traditions of Epic
- Greek Literature and The Near East
- Interpreting Greek Tragedy Today
- Creation and Cosmology
- Being Human: Classical Perspectives
- The Literary and Political Culture of The Roman Republic.
Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad)
All students write a Dissertation in the third year. You choose a topic at the end of your second year in consultation with an adviser, with whom you will meet regularly for guidance throughout year three. Students of Latin and Greek will proceed to the next level, with the texts becoming more difficult or fragmentary. Most other modules in the third year cover specific topics that arise out of the research interests of the members of staff.
Historical modules might include:
- Law and Society in Classical Athens
- Roman Syria
- Writing Alexander
- The World of Greek Rituals and Greeks and Persians
Cultural topics include:
- The Gods in Greek Literature
- Ancient Literary Criticism
- Love and Sex in Ancient Poetry
- Knowledge and Doubt in Hellenistic Philosophy
The BA Ancient History will give you an average of 8 hours of timetabled tuition every week over the course of the programme (which is at the upper end of the standard defined by CUCD, the national subject body for Classics).
The aim of the programme is to make help you become an independent learner and researcher in the field of Ancient History. In order to do this, it progresses from a greater number of contact hours, designed to promote and support your own study (in your first year, you can expect to receive 9 hours of contact with lecturers each week), to a greater intensity of contact in more specialised areas as you gain in independence and experience. (In your second and third years, you can expect, respectively, 8 and 7 hours of contact in smaller groups and one-to-one supervision.)
The contact time is made up of weekly lectures, delivered by experts who are active in research in the relevant fields, supported by at least six smaller-group seminars or tutorials per module, designed to give you the opportunity to explore the material covered in lectures in more depth, and to receive detailed feedback on formative assignments.
First-year modules focus on ensuring that your have a bedrock of knowledge and skills across a number of sub-disciplines which you share with all other students in the Department. Two core modules,Remembering Athens and Monuments and Memory, include seminars with a special emphasis on research skills. Other modules start to introduce more specialised foundations in the study of ancient history, as well as allowing scope for the study of ancient literature, language, and philosophy.
In the second and third years topics are increasingly offered from current research interests of lecturers; lecture and seminar / tutorial sizes become progressively smaller; more scope for interaction with staff is built in.
The final-year dissertation gives you your richest opportunity to exercise your skills in independent learning and research. You receive two hours of collective and individual support in choosing a topic at the end of your second year; and three hours of one-to-one supervisory support with an expert in the field through the writing of the dissertation in your final year.
Every module coordinator is available for consultation by students about particular issues, and advertises office hours when their presence can be guaranteed. You will be allocated an academic adviser, with whom you will discuss your module choices within the context of your interests and aims (academic and personal). You will meet with your adviser at least three times a year; but the adviser is available for consultation throughout the year.
You are encouraged to attend the Department’s two research seminar series, which are scheduled at times when you would be available to attend. In addition, the student-run Classics Society regularly organises guest speakers – often attracting very high-profile scholars from outside Durham.
Finally, you will have the opportunity to attend events and workshops focussed on your future career, organised in collaboration with alumni of the Department and the Careers, Employability, and Enterprise Centre.
Subjects required, level and graded
In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:
- We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. For more information or contact our Admissions Selectors
- Classical subjects are not essential for any of our courses
- We will be reviewing our entry requirements for 2015 entry in the summer of 2014 and will publish finalised entry requirements for 2015 entry on the University’s website and at UCAS before 1 September 2014
- We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking as part of our offer
- We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.
English Language requirements
IELTS of 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT 92 (no component under 23);Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C; or Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade A.
Requirements and Admissions
The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.