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Ancient History - The Greek World

Our Ancient History - The Greek World short course aims to provide a basic knowledge of the history of the Greek world, with a focus on Classical Greek history (fifth and fourth centuries). 

The module is taught via a series of lectures (from an undergraduate module) and a dedicated seminar, and therefore may be particularly appropriate for those considering a future transition to BA study. 

Lectures are arranged thematically and chronologically, followed by classes focusing on a particular aspect of the subject or dealing with sources related to the subject. You will be introduced to different kinds of evidence from the ancient world, including texts, archaeological remains and art.

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  • Introduction - the world of the polis
  • The sixth century - legislators and tyrants
  • East and west: Ionian Greeks and the Persian wars
  • The Athenian Empire
  • Athenian democracy
  • Athenian religion and festivals
  • Men and women
  • Spartan society
  • Greek slavery
  • Greek religion

This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Thu 03-Oct-19 6pm-8pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSHC424H4AAA
Availability Availability limited

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