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Joint Honors Ancient History and Archaeology


Ancient history and archaeology are both concerned with understanding social, political and cultural experience in the past. This course offers you the opportunity to range across these two broad disciplines. You will study the Greek and Roman worlds by working with historical and literary documents alongside the material remains of ancient sites and artefacts. You also explore Greek and Roman relationships with neighbouring cultures, such as Egypt and the Near East, within the Mediterranean and beyond.

The Greek modules range in time from the development of the Greek city-states, such as Athens and Sparta, to the Hellenistic kingdoms founded in the wake of Alexander. The Aegean Bronze Age module takes you back in time to the early palatial civilizations of the Minoans and Mycenaeans. On the Roman side you will study imperial history from Augustus to the emperor Constantine, and explore the archaeology of the length and breadth of the Roman world, taking in its cities, armies and frontiers, trade and technology. The module on Roman Britain assesses the impact of Roman culture on this remote Roman province.

Among the many themes addressed are the emergence and character of urban societies, colonization and empire, cultural interaction, slavery, economy, war and ideology, landscape studies, religion, the social roles of art and architecture, and social issues such as sexuality, gender and death.

There are opportunities to participate in archaeological fieldwork and in study tours to classical sites, and you can, if you wish, take these as modules for credit. All material is studied in translation and no knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

Junior Freshmen

Senior Freshmen/Junior Sophister

2018-19 (and alternate years)

Optional modules also available:

2019-2020 (and alternate years)

Optional modules also available:

Senior Sophister

Two special subjects: 2018-2019 options

Other modules available in recent years:

Last updated 27 September 2018