Courses - Faculty of Arts


Ancient History

Stage I

ANCHIST 100
15 Points

Ancient Egyptian History

A broad overview of ancient Egyptian society and history. It encompasses the approximately 2000 years between the early period of formation of the state of Egypt and the end of the New Kingdom. A focus on political history forms the framework for discussions of the art, literature, and religion of the period.

ANCHIST 102
15 Points

Ancient Greek History

An introduction to Greek history and civilisation from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great utilising both archaeological evidence and literary sources.

ANCHIST 103
15 Points

Roman History

An introduction to the civilisation and history of Ancient Rome, with particular reference to the Republic and Early Empire.

ANCHIST 110
15 Points

Dynasties, Democracy, Empire

Explores the history and cultures of three civilisations in the ancient Mediterranean: Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Uses ancient evidence, from the newest archaeological discoveries, to the works of classical literature, to present major historical events in the Mediterranean against the backdrop of the everyday lives of the people who lived in these societies.

Stage II

ANCHIST 200
15 Points

Egypt in Dynasty XVIII

The cosmopolitan nature of ancient Egypt during the era of its imperial expansion and its consciousness as a world power. Topics covered include the social, political, and economic ramifications of this sudden change in Egypt's role in the ancient world. The emergence of new religious directions will also be discussed, among which are the state cults of Amun-Re and the religious monotheism of Akhenaton.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 300

ANCHIST 202
15 Points

Greece and Persia

A study of the contacts and conflicts between Greece and Persia 560-323BC.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 302

ANCHIST 210
15 Points

Egyptian Language 1A

A study of the Egyptian language, hieroglyphic writing and selected documents up to Dynasty 18.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies and 30 points passed

ANCHIST 220
15 Points

Egyptian Language 1B

Further study of the Egyptian language, hieroglyphic writing and selected documents up to Dynasty 18.

Prerequisite: ANCHIST 210

ANCHIST 230
15 Points

Egypt in Dynasties XI-XVII

Covers the history of Egypt during one major phase of unification, the Middle Kingdom, as well as the First and Second Intermediate Periods. Topics analysed include the rise of imperialism in the south (Nubia), the importance of literature of propaganda as a social bond of loyalty, the conquest of the north by the Asiatic Hyksos, and the new artistic style of portraiture.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 330

ANCHIST 249
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 349

ANCHIST 251
15 Points

Icon and Narrative: Egypt, Greece, and the Aegean

A study of key periods and cultural developments in the art and archaeological remains of Egypt (from the Predynastic Period to the New Kingdom) and Greece and the Aegean island cultures of the Bronze Age (from c. 4000 BC to c. 1000 BC).

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Art History, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 351

ANCHIST 252
15 Points

Egyptian Religion

A study of ancient Egyptian religion from the Early Dynastic period through to the end of the Late Period. The course will examine religious practice as well as religious thought, and will consider the patterns of belief throughout the ancient period of Egypt's history.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 352

ANCHIST 253
15 Points

Early Egypt

Covers the earliest periods of Egypt's development from the prehistoric period to the end of the Old Kingdom. This course focuses on the lead-up to state formation and the great Pyramid Age that followed.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 353

ANCHIST 254
15 Points

Early Rome

A study of the earliest development of ancient Rome using written sources but with special emphasis on archaeological evidence.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 354

ANCHIST 255
15 Points

The Later Roman Empire

A study of the Roman empire between the third and sixth centuries CE. Topics covered include the social, economic and political crises of the period, encounters and struggles between Romans and barbarians, the conflict between Paganism and Christianity, and the emergence of the barbarian kingdoms in the West and the Byzantine empire in the East.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 355

ANCHIST 256
15 Points

The Ancient World at War

Provides an in-depth analysis of the role of the military in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. The physical evidence of warfare as well as chronological development of warfare within each society will be discussed. An additional theme will be the interweaving of the social and cultural impact of warfare and the army upon these civilisations.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 356

ANCHIST 257
15 Points

Special Topic in Egyptian History

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 357

ANCHIST 258
15 Points

Fifth Century Athens

The social, economic, political, and ideological development of Athens and Athenian democracy in the fifth century BC; the course will consider both literary sources and archaeological material.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 358

ANCHIST 259
15 Points

Special Topic in Roman History

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 359

ANCHIST 260
15 Points

Roman Revolutions

Covers the history, politics, society and culture of Rome during the late Republic and early Imperial periods. Topics include the army, religion, family, sexuality, literature, art and the life of the provinces, set against the dramatic breakdown of old systems of government and their replacement with a new model of rule.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 203, 213, 360

ANCHIST 261
15 Points

Special Topic: The City in the Ancient World

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 361

ANCHIST 262
15 Points

The Ancient Economy

A study of the economies of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Students will explore the principal ways in which we try to understand economic activity through theories concerning market-exchange, redistribution of resources and reciprocity to the practical relationships that linked the economy to society. The course will focus on a variety of different evidence including archaeology, inscriptions, papyrological material and numismatics as well as ancient literature.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 362

ANCHIST 263
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 363

Stage III

ANCHIST 300
15 Points

Egypt in Dynasty XVIII

The cosmopolitan nature of ancient Egypt during the era of its imperial expansion and its consciousness as a world power. Topics covered include the social, political and economic ramifications of this sudden change in Egypt's role in the ancient world. The emergence of new religious directions will also be discussed, among which are the state cults of Amun-Re and the religious monotheism of Akhenaton.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History

Restriction: ANCHIST 200

ANCHIST 302
15 Points

Greece and Persia

A study of the contacts and conflicts between Greece and Persia 560-323BC.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek

Restriction: ANCHIST 202

ANCHIST 304
15 Points

Directed Study

Prerequisite: 15 points at Sstage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points in Greek or Latin

ANCHIST 310
15 Points

Egyptian Language 2A

A study of the historical inscriptions covering the key pharaonic records of Dynasty XVIII, for example, of Thutmose III and Amunhotep II and non-royal individuals of the XVIIIth Dynasty. Texts include the war records, building inscriptions, the Hymn to the Aten and the various sphinx stelae.

Prerequisite: ANCHIST 220

ANCHIST 314
15 Points

Historians of Rome

A study of the Greek and Latin writers on Roman history in English translation; writers will include Livy, Sallust and Tacitus.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Latin

Restriction: ANCHIST 753

ANCHIST 324
15 Points

Historians of Greece

A study of the Greek writers on Greek history in English translation; writers will include Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek

Restriction: ANCHIST 752

ANCHIST 330
15 Points

Egypt in Dynasties XI-XVII

Covers the history of Egypt during one major phase of unification, the Middle Kingdom, as well as the First and Second Intermediate Periods. Topics analysed include the rise of imperialism in the south (Nubia), the importance of literature of propaganda as a social bond of loyalty, the conquest of the north by the Asiatic Hyksos, and the new artistic style of portraiture.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History

Restriction: ANCHIST 230

ANCHIST 340
15 Points

Egyptian Language 2B

A study of the main literary texts of the XIIth Dynasty such as The Story of Sinuhe and Cheops and the Magicians. Emphasis is placed upon various literary elements of these compositions such as folktale elements, the use of propaganda, the individual in society and the exotic foreign settings to the tales.

Prerequisite: ANCHIST 220

ANCHIST 349
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History

Restriction: ANCHIST 249

ANCHIST 351
15 Points

Icon and Narrative: Egypt, Greece and the Aegean

A study of key periods and cultural developments in the art and archaeological remains of Egypt (from the Predynastic Period to the New Kingdom) and Greece and the Aegean island cultures of the Bronze Age (from c. 4000 BC to c. 1000 BC).

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History or Classical Studies, or 30 points at Stage II in Art History or Greek

Restriction: ANCHIST 251

ANCHIST 352
15 Points

Egyptian Religion

A study of ancient Egyptian religion from the Early Dynastic period through to the end of the Late Period. The course will examine religious practice as well as religious thought, and will consider the patterns of belief throughout the ancient period of Egypt's history.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History

Restriction: ANCHIST 252

ANCHIST 353
15 Points

Early Egypt

Covers the earliest periods of Egypt's development from the prehistoric period to the end of the Old Kingdom. This course focuses on the lead-up to state formation and the great Pyramid Age that followed.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History

Restriction: ANCHIST 253

ANCHIST 354
15 Points

Early Rome

A study of the earliest development of ancient Rome, using written sources but with special emphasis on archaeological evidence.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Latin

Restriction: ANCHIST 254

ANCHIST 355
15 Points

The Later Roman Empire

A study of the Roman Empire between the third and sixth centuries CE. Topics covered include the social, economic and political crises of the period, encounters and struggles between Romans and barbarians, the conflict between Paganism and Christianity, and the emergence of the barbarian kingdoms in the West and the Byzantine empire in the East.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek or Latin

Restriction: ANCHIST 255

ANCHIST 356
15 Points

The Ancient World at War

Provides an in-depth analysis of the role of the military in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. The physical evidence of warfare as well as chronological development of warfare within each society will be discussed. An additional theme will be the interweaving of the social and cultural impact of warfare and the army upon these civilisations.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History

Restriction: ANCHIST 256

ANCHIST 357
15 Points

Special Topic in Egyptian History

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History

Restriction: ANCHIST 257

ANCHIST 358
15 Points

Fifth Century Athens

The social, economic, political, and ideological development of Athens and Athenian democracy in the fifth century BC; the course will consider both literary sources and archaeological material.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek

Restriction: ANCHIST 258

ANCHIST 359
15 Points

Special Topic in Roman History

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Latin

Restriction: ANCHIST 259

ANCHIST 360
15 Points

Roman Revolutions

Covers the history, politics, society and culture of Rome during the late Republic and early Imperial periods. Topics include the army, religion, family, sexuality, literature, art and the life of the provinces, set against the dramatic breakdown of old systems of government and their replacement with a new model of rule.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Latin

Restriction: ANCHIST 260, 303, 313

ANCHIST 361
15 Points

Special Topic: The City in the Ancient World

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History

Restriction: ANCHIST 261

ANCHIST 362
15 Points

The Ancient Economy

A study of the economies of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Students will explore the principal ways in which we try to understand economic activity through theories concerning market-exchange, redistribution of resources and reciprocity to the practical relationships that linked the economy to society. The course will focus on a variety of different evidence including archaeology, inscriptions, papyrological material and numismatics as well as ancient literature.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History

Restriction: ANCHIST 262

ANCHIST 363
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Latin

Restriction: ANCHIST 263

ANCHIST 377
15 Points

Study Abroad (Rome)

Study abroad on archaeological sites in the Roman Empire.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, and approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: CLASSICS 377

ANCHIST 378
15 Points

Study Abroad (Greece)

Study abroad on archaeological sites in Greece.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, and approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: CLASSICS 378

ANCHIST 379
15 Points

Study Abroad (Egypt)

Study abroad on archaeological sites in Egypt.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, and approval of Academic Head or nominee

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

ANCHIST 792
45 Points

ANCHIST 792A
22.5 Points

ANCHIST 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCHIST 792 A and B, or ANCHIST 792

ANCHIST 796B
60 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Ancient History with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCHIST 796 A and B

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