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Classical Civilisation (JH)

B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) ; 4 years full-time ; 29 places ; CAO points: 339-499 (2018)

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  • Classical Civilisation and English Literature
  • Classical Civilisation and History of Art and Architecture
  • Classical Civilisation and Modern Language
  • Classical Civilisation and Philosophy
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Classical Civilisation
  • Religion and Classical Civilisation
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1208

    ryanw1@tcd.ie


    classics@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.histories-humanities.tcd.ie  |  www.tcd.ie/Classics

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

    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.

    Do you enjoy:

    • The study of literature and drama?
    • Learning about the ideas and customs of other cultures?
    • Exploring similarities and differences between the classical past and the present?

    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 at 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 both credit and 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.

    Pathways

    The pathways available are Single Honors, Major with Minor and Joint Honors.

    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 literature 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-semester 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 year

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

    • Greek and Roman History
    • Reading and Writing About Ancient Literature
    • Greek and Roman Mythology and Religion

    Second and third 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 modules 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 explore, 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 year

    If you decide to study Classical Civilisation in the final year, you will be able to choose from a range of special subject options on offer. Modules offered recently include; Ancient Cyprus; 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, Udine (Italy), Geneva, Bordeaux 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.

    What our current students say

    Jerie Macapagal

    “The Classical Civilisation course so far has been, in my humble opinion, a great experience. The first year, although general, is a necessary comprehensive foundation for further study. You learn about the big moments of Classical civilisations, war and its aftermath, social change, alongside material history, myth and religion. Second year builds expansively upon this, from looking critically at sources like Herodotus and Cicero, to the social identity of Greeks and Roman in Memory and Commemoration. This course truly allows the breathing space for students to find what they’re really interested in as well as giving them a solid understanding of what it meant to exist in the Classical World.”

    Ultan Pringle

    "I decided that Classical Civilisation was the course for me after meeting with one of the professors in the department at an open day and being fully captured by the enthusiasm and love and sheer knowledge for the course that they had. There’s something uniquely thrilling about studying in Trinity. Two years in and I still feel a little sense of wonder when I walk in through front arch every morning and see that view. Trinity lies at the heart of Dublin city centre and studying here you really do feel like you are immersed in the hustle and bustle of the city."

    What our graduates say

    Catherine Costello

    The course allowed me to gain an in-depth understanding of how Western culture and especially English literature was shaped by ancient Greek and Roman culture and society. The enthusiasm and expertise of the amazing team of professors and lecturers in the Department of Classics at Trinity was inspiring and infectious.  I would heartily recommend studying at Trinity. I felt at home here for four years and hope to continue with postgraduate studies.

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)

    CAO Points Required

    339-499 (2018)

    Number of Places

    29

    Minimum entry points required are 339-499 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Classical Civilisation and English Literature
  • Classical Civilisation and History of Art and Architecture
  • Classical Civilisation and Modern Language
  • Classical Civilisation and Philosophy
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Classical Civilisation
  • Religion and Classical Civilisation
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1208

    ryanw1@tcd.ie


    classics@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.histories-humanities.tcd.ie  |  www.tcd.ie/Classics