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Classical civilisation (TSM)

B.A.; 29 places

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What is Classical Civilisation?

The study of Classical Civilisation is concerned with the literature, thought and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome. Through the examination and contextualisation of literary works and the analysis of the main aspects of ancient history and art, you will develop a thorough knowledge of the classical world and a critical approach to Greek and Roman literature. All texts are studied in translation and no knowledge of Greek or Latin is required, but there are opportunities to study the languages at an introductory level.

Classical Civilisation: The course for you?

If you enjoy literature; if you want to acquire an understanding of the past and its influence; if you would like to engage with the mythology, poetic imagination, depth of thought and historical value of two civilisations that shaped the western world, this may be the course for you.

Classical Civilisation @ Trinity

The Department of Classics has a world-renowned reputation and courses are taught by academics at the top of their fields. Classical Civilisation offers you the opportunity to learn about the ancient world in a fun and friendly environment and learn not only about the past but also about its significance to the present. There are opportunities to participate in study tours and summer schools to classical sites for non-credit. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures and small-group seminars, which encourage lively discussion and the development of independent thinking. It is also possible to study abroad for a semester or a whole year.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

Business, librarianship, museum work, publishing, teaching and theatre are some of the many fields recent graduates have entered. Recent graduates are working for companies as diverse as Smurfit Communications, Blackwell Publishing and the Gare St. Lazare Players. Students who opted to undertake further study have selected courses ranging from law and marketing to teacher training and international peace studies.

Your degree and what you’ll study

Over the four years you will develop a broad understanding of the classical world, primarily through its literature. You will move from introductory modules in history and art in the first year to the study of specific authors, genres and themes in the second and third years. In your final year you will choose from a range of specialised options. All modules are taught by lectures and small-group seminars. A combination of end-of-year examination and continuous assessment (e.g. essays, seminar presentations and team projects, artefact studies and short commentaries on texts) is used to assess your progress, and a thesis is written in the final year.

FIRST (JUNIOR FRESHMAN) YEAR

In first year you will be introduced to the critical study of ancient history, art and architecture, myth and religion, with a view to acquiring a comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective on classical culture. There are approximately six hours of classes in first year. There is the option of taking an introductory module in either Greek or Latin.

  • Greek and Roman History
  • Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
  • Greek and Roman Mythology and Religion

SECOND (SENIOR FRESHMAN) AND THIRD (JUNIOR SOPHISTER) YEARS

In each of these two years you will take four or five modules which focus on specific authors (e.g. Homer, Virgil, Herodotus), genres (e.g. tragedy, comedy, philosophy) or themes (e.g. gender and sexuality, identity and self-image). In these wmodules you will analyse ancient texts both as literature and as gateways into culture and thought, discuss key themes of relevance to both the ancient and modern world, and refine your analysis of texts in their literary and cultural context through more specialised skills and methodologies. It is possible to take options which will provide an introduction to Greek or Latin. All the modules are taught through lectures and small-group seminars.

You will learn, for example, how the Greeks and Romans saw themselves and other cultures; how they tried to make sense of the world around them through philosophy and religion; how they thought about politics and ideology, ethnicity and identity, life and death.

FOURTH (SENIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR

If you decide to study Classical Civilisation, in the final year, you will be able to choose two special subjects from a range on offer. Modules offered recently include; Ancient Cyprus; Egypt; Entertainment and Spectacle in the Greek and Roman Worlds; Goddesses of the Ancient Mediterranean; Anthropology and the Greeks; Kings and Cities; Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion.

You will also write a thesis on a subject of your choice. This is an opportunity to do research which will allow you to develop independent ideas and acquire critical skills while investigating in greater depth an area that particularly interests you.

Study abroad

Trinity has strong links with many Classics departments abroad, including active participation in the Erasmus exchange programme. The Department has valuable Erasmus links with the Universities of Cyprus, Edinburgh, Geneva, Bordeaux, Freiburg, and Koç (Turkey). Students are also able to avail of University-wide exchanges, for example, to North America and Australia. These opportunities allow students the option of spending a year or part of a year abroad.

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What our graduates say

Ryan Duffy B.A., Classical Civilisation and Philosophy (2014). Diplomatic Staff, FCO.

“I chose to study Classical Civilisation at Trinity College Dublin because the programme was diverse, flexible, and offered exciting modern approaches to an already fascinating field. The expert tutors were accessible and genuinely passionate about each individual student’s academic journey, guiding us enthusiastically through the intellectual challenges unique to such a multidisciplinary subject. Developing the confidence and methodologies necessary to overcome these challenges proved an immensely rewarding life experience, which later opened doors to the financial and diplomatic sectors I had previously believed inaccessible.”

What our current students say

Sarah Upton, 2nd year Classical Civilisation, Waterford City

“Classical Civilisation was definitely the right choice for me. Not only does it compliment my other studies of English Literature, it is an extremely interesting and rewarding course in its own right. No Greek or Latin is required and I found this to really allow me to engage with the material in a literary way, while also giving scope to think outside the box when it came to essays and course work. The lecturers are exceptional and cover diverse aspects of the Ancient World. I have especially enjoyed studying Greek and Roman literature with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. Lectures and seminars are small in size, facilitating a collaborative and interactive environment.”

 

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Award

B.A.

Number of Places

29

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR001
This is a Two-Subject Moderatorship (TSM) course please read TSM

Options

Classical Civilisation must be combined with one other TSM subject. An honours degree is awarded in both sub-jects.

For subjects that combine with Classical Civilisation see TSM: possible combinations.

See also:(TSM subjects):

TR001: Ancient history and Archaeology
TR001: Classical Languages
TR021: Classics


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CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR001
This is a Two-Subject Moderatorship (TSM) course please read TSM

Options

Classical Civilisation must be combined with one other TSM subject. An honours degree is awarded in both sub-jects.

For subjects that combine with Classical Civilisation see TSM: possible combinations.

See also:(TSM subjects):

TR001: Ancient history and Archaeology
TR001: Classical Languages
TR021: Classics