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The Ancient World


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The Ancient World short course provides a basic knowledge of the history of the Greek and Roman worlds. There will be a particular focus on classical Greek history (fifth and fourth centuries) and the Roman Republic and empire. The lectures are arranged thematically and chronologically, and are followed by classes focusing on a particular aspect of the subject and/or dealing with sources related to the subject.

You will be introduced to the analysis of different kinds of evidence from the ancient world, including texts, archaeological remains and visual culture. You will also acquire some familiarity with different methodological approaches.

Assessment is via a 500-word object or source analysis (20%), 800-1000-word article summary (20%), 1500-word essay (20%) and three-hour examination (40%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

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    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. 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 register 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.