Courses - Faculty of Arts


Classical Studies and Ancient History

Stage I

ANCIENT 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.

Restriction: ANCHIST 100

ANCIENT 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.

Restriction: ANCHIST 102

ANCIENT 103
15 Points

Roman History

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

Restriction: ANCHIST 103

ANCIENT 104
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.

Restriction: ANCHIST 110

ANCIENT 110
15 Points

ANCIENT 110G
15 Points

Classical Mythology

A study of ancient Greek and Roman mythology – its gods, heroes and monsters – through the works of major writers and artists from the Greco-Roman world.

Restriction: CLASSICS 110, 110G

ANCIENT 130
15 Points

Love and Death in Greek and Roman Literature

A study of selected literary texts from ancient Greece and Rome that deal with two themes that continue to be relevant today.

Restriction: CLASSIC 130

Stage II

ANCIENT 200
15 Points

Greek and Roman Epic Poetry

A study of the beginnings of European epic poetry: especially in Homer and Virgil.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, Classical Studies and Ancient History, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCIENT 300, CLASSICS 210, 310

ANCIENT 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, Classical Studies or Classical Studies and Ancient History and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 210

ANCIENT 214
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCIENT 314

ANCIENT 215
15 Points

Special Topic

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

Restriction: ANCIENT 315

ANCIENT 216
15 Points

Sex and Power in Greece and Rome

Many Greek and Roman literary works deal with sex and power. This course will explore a range of ancient literary representations of women, men, femininity, masculinity, sexual practices and sexual prejudices. Students will study how ancient authors were influenced by the socio-political context and the constraints of different literary genres. All texts will be read in translation.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, Classical Studies and Ancient History, Gender Studies, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCIENT 316, CLASSICS 216, 316

ANCIENT 217
15 Points

Special Topic

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

Restriction: ANCIENT 317

ANCIENT 220
15 Points

Egyptian Language 1B

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

Prerequisite: ANCHIST 210 or ANCIENT 210

Restriction: ANCHIST 220

ANCIENT 225
15 Points

Greek and Roman Comedy

A study of the comedies of Aristophanes and Menander, Plautus and Terence.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, Classical Studies and Ancient History or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCIENT 325, CLASSICS 220, 320

ANCIENT 245
15 Points

Dialogues of Plato

An interpretative study with attention to the literary form, dramatic and rhetorical features and dialectical method, with their implications for our understanding of the arguments, concepts and positions presented. Dialogues to be read involve topics such as: ethics, the soul, love, education, knowledge, politics, reason and persuasion, the theory of forms and the nature of the cosmos.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Classical Studies, Ancient History, Classical Studies and Ancient History, Philosophy, or GREEK 101, or LATIN 101, or EUROPEAN 100, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCIENT 345, CLASSICS 240, 340

ANCIENT 250
15 Points

Philosophical Writing in Antiquity

A study of some influential philosophical texts from Greco-Roman antiquity with reference to circumstances of composition and ancient reception. Writers studied may include Plato, Xenophon, Aristotle, Cicero, Lucretius, Seneca the Younger, Plutarch, Sextus Empiricus, and Augustine.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Classical Studies, Ancient History, Classical Studies and Ancient History, Philosophy, or GREEK 101, or LATIN 101, or EUROPEAN 100, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCIENT 350, CLASSICS 250, 350

ANCIENT 251
15 Points

Ancient Egyptian Art: Icon and Narrative

A chronological study of the art and architecture of ancient Egypt, from the predynastic period to the end of the New Kingdom, examining trends and styles in all forms of ancient art in Egypt.

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

Restriction: ANCHIST 251, 351, ANCIENT 351

ANCIENT 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, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 252, 352, ANCIENT 352

ANCIENT 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, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 253, 353, ANCIENT 353

ANCIENT 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, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 254, 354, ANCIENT 354

ANCIENT 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, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 255, 355, ANCIENT 355

ANCIENT 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, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 256, 356, ANCIENT 356

ANCIENT 258
15 Points

Fifth Century Athens

Examines 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, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 258, 358, ANCIENT 358

ANCIENT 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, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCHIST 203, 213, 260, 360, ANCIENT 360

ANCIENT 280
15 Points

Art and Society in Ancient Rome

A study of the art and architecture of the ancient Romans. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the visual arts as vehicles for the expression of social values and political and imperial ideas.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, Classical Studies and Ancient History, Art History, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCIENT 380, CLASSICS 280, 380

ANCIENT 285
15 Points

Classical Tragedy

Tragedy as a concept, a means of interpreting events, and a literary genre, is central to the ancient Greeks' way of constructing their world. Through a close reading of a selection of ancient dramas, this course will explore the nature and interpretation of tragedy with particular reference to Aristotle's Poetics .

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, Classical Studies and Ancient History, Drama, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: ANCIENT 385, CLASSICS 285, 385

Stage III

ANCIENT 300
15 Points

Greek and Roman Epic Poetry

A study of the beginnings of European epic poetry especially in Homer and Virgil.

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: ANCIENT 200, CLASSICS 210, 310

ANCIENT 304
15 Points

Directed Study

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

ANCIENT 310
15 Points

Egyptian Language 2A

This course carries on from ANCIENT 220, with reading extended historical, narrative, and religious texts.

Prerequisite: ANCHIST 220 or ANCIENT 220

Restriction: ANCHIST 310, 340

ANCIENT 314
15 Points

Special Topic

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

Restriction: ANCIENT 214

ANCIENT 315
15 Points

Special Topic

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

Restriction: ANCIENT 215

ANCIENT 316
15 Points

Sex and Power in Greece and Rome

Many Greek and Roman literary works deal with sex and power. This course will explore a range of ancient literary representations of women, men, femininity, masculinity, sexual practices and sexual prejudices. Students will study how ancient authors were influenced by the socio-political context and the constraints of different literary genres. All texts will be read in translation.

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

Restriction: ANCIENT 216, CLASSICS 216, 316

ANCIENT 317
15 Points

Special Topic

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

Restriction: ANCIENT 217

ANCIENT 325
15 Points

Greek and Roman Comedy

A study of the comedies of Aristophanes and Menander, Plautus and Terence.

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

Restriction: ANCIENT 225, CLASSICS 220, 320

ANCIENT 345
15 Points

Dialogues of Plato

An interpretative study with attention to the literary form, dramatic and rhetorical features and dialectical method, with their implications for our understanding of the arguments, concepts and positions presented. Dialogues to be read include topics such as: ethics, the soul, love, education, knowledge, politics, reason and persuasion, the theory of forms, and the nature of the cosmos.

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

Restriction: ANCIENT 245, CLASSICS 240, 340

ANCIENT 350
15 Points

Philosophical Writing in Antiquity

A study of some influential philosophical texts from Greco-Roman antiquity with reference to circumstances of composition and ancient reception. Writers studied may include Plato, Xenophon, Aristotle, Cicero, Lucretius, Seneca the Younger, Plutarch, Sextus Empiricus, and Augustine.

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

Restriction: ANCIENT 250, CLASSICS 250, 350

ANCIENT 351
15 Points

Ancient Egyptian Art: Icon and Narrative

A chronological study of the art and architecture of ancient Egypt, from the predynastic period to the end of the New Kingdom, examining trends and styles in all forms of ancient art in Egypt.

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

Restriction: ANCHIST 251, 351, ANCIENT 251

ANCIENT 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, 352, ANCIENT 252

ANCIENT 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, 353, ANCIENT 253

ANCIENT 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, 354, ANCIENT 254

ANCIENT 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, 355, ANCIENT 255

ANCIENT 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, 356, ANCIENT 256

ANCIENT 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, 358, ANCIENT 258

ANCIENT 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, 360, ANCIENT 260

ANCIENT 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: ANCHIST 377, CLASSICS 377

ANCIENT 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: ANCHIST 378, CLASSICS 378

ANCIENT 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

Restriction: ANCHIST 379

ANCIENT 380
15 Points

Art and Society in Ancient Rome

A study of the art and architecture of the ancient Romans. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the visual arts as vehicles for the expression of social values and political and imperial ideas.

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

Restriction: ANCIENT 280, CLASSICS 280, 380

ANCIENT 385
15 Points

Classical Tragedy

Tragedy as a concept, a means of interpreting events, and a literary genre, is central to the ancient Greeks' way of constructing their world. Through a close reading of a selection of ancient dramas, this course will explore the nature and interpretation of tragedy with particular reference to Aristotle's Poetics .

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

Restriction: ANCIENT 285, CLASSICS 285, 385

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

ANCIENT 719
30 Points

ANCIENT 719A
15 Points

ANCIENT 719B
15 Points

Directed Study in Ancient Culture

Directed reading and individual study on a topic approved by the Graduate Adviser.

Prerequisite: Approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: ANCHIST 719

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 719 A and B, or ANCIENT 719

ANCIENT 727
15 Points

ANCIENT 727A
7.5 Points

ANCIENT 727B
7.5 Points

Directed Study in Ancient Culture

Directed reading and individual study on a topic approved by the Academic Head or nominee.

Restriction: ANCHIST 727

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 727 A and B, or ANCIENT 727

ANCIENT 728
15 Points

ANCIENT 728A
7.5 Points

ANCIENT 728B
7.5 Points

Directed Study in Ancient Culture

Directed reading and individual study on a topic approved by the Academic Head or nominee.

Restriction: ANCHIST 728

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 728 A and B, or ANCIENT 728

ANCIENT 729
15 Points

ANCIENT 729A
7.5 Points

ANCIENT 729B
7.5 Points

Egyptian Language (Higher)

Passages in the original language will be set for translation, study and interpretation.

Prerequisite: ANCHIST 220 or ANCIENT 220 or placement test and approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: ANCHIST 729

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 729 A and B, or ANCIENT 729

ANCIENT 739
15 Points

ANCIENT 739A
7.5 Points

ANCIENT 739B
7.5 Points

Greek Language (Higher)

Passages in the original language will be set for translation, study and interpretation.

Prerequisite: GREEK 101 or placement test and approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: ANCHIST 739, GREEK 200-310

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 739 A and B, or ANCIENT 739

ANCIENT 741
15 Points

ANCIENT 741A
7.5 Points

ANCIENT 741B
7.5 Points

Latin Language (Higher)

Passages in the original language will be set for translation, study and interpretation.

Prerequisite: LATIN 101 or placement test and approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: ANCHIST 741, LATIN 200-310

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 741 A and B, or ANCIENT 741

ANCIENT 742
15 Points

ANCIENT 742A
7.5 Points

ANCIENT 742B
7.5 Points

Greek Language (Higher II)

Passages in the original language will be set for translation, study and interpretation. The course will involve graduate level engagement with the content of the text, applying appropriate research techniques, and an intermediate level of incoming language competency.

Prerequisite: GREEK 200 or placement test and approval of Academic Head or nominee

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 742 A and B, or ANCIENT 742

ANCIENT 743
15 Points

ANCIENT 743A
7.5 Points

ANCIENT 743B
7.5 Points

Latin Language (Higher II)

Passages in the original language will be set for translation, study and interpretation. The course will involve graduate level engagement with the content of the text, applying appropriate research techniques, and an intermediate level of incoming language competency.

Prerequisite: LATIN 200 or placement test and approval of Academic Head or nominee

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 743 A and B, or ANCIENT 743

ANCIENT 744
15 Points

ANCIENT 744A
7.5 Points

ANCIENT 744B
7.5 Points

Greek Language (Higher III)

Passages in the original language will be set for translation, study and interpretation. The course will involve graduate level engagement with the content of the text, applying appropriate research techniques, and an advanced level of incoming language competency.

Prerequisite: 30 points from GREEK 201-205 or placement test and approval of Academic Head or nominee

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 744 A and B, or ANCIENT 744

ANCIENT 745
15 Points

ANCIENT 745A
7.5 Points

ANCIENT 745B
7.5 Points

Latin Language (Higher III)

Passages in the original language will be set for translation, study and interpretation. The course will involve graduate level engagement with the content of the text, applying appropriate research techniques, and an advanced level of incoming language competency.

Prerequisite: 30 points from LATIN 201-205 or placement test and approval of Academic Head or nominee

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 745 A and B, or ANCIENT 745

ANCIENT 749A
15 Points

ANCIENT 749B
15 Points

Themes and Issues in Ancient Culture

A study of themes and issues in ancient culture.

Restriction: ANCHIST 749

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 749 A and B

ANCIENT 750A
15 Points

ANCIENT 750B
15 Points

Sources and Approaches for the Ancient World

A study of the evidence for the ancient world, as well as how to apply it.

Restriction: ANCHIST 750

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 750 A and B

ANCIENT 751A
15 Points

ANCIENT 751B
15 Points

Ancient Societies in the Mediterranean World

A study of the societies which developed around the ancient Mediterranean.

Restriction: ANCHIST 751

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 751 A and B

ANCIENT 756
30 Points

Research Essays in Ancient Culture

Guided individual study leading to essays in ancient culture.

Prerequisite: Approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: ANCHIST 756

ANCIENT 792
45 Points

ANCIENT 792A
22.5 Points

ANCIENT 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation - Level 9

Restriction: ANCHIST 792

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

ANCIENT 794A
45 Points

ANCIENT 794B
45 Points

Thesis - Level 9

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

Restriction: ANCHIST 793

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 794 A and B

ANCIENT 796A
60 Points

ANCIENT 796B
60 Points

Thesis - Level 9

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

Restriction: ANCHIST 796

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

ANCIENT 797A
60 Points

ANCIENT 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio - Level 9

Restriction: ANCHIST 797

To complete this course students must enrol in ANCIENT 797 A and B

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