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  • Explore the social, political and religious histories of ancient Greece and Rome.
  • Discover the intellectual, artistic and economic connections between Greece and Rome and their neighbours in Asia, Europe and Africa.
  • Study ancient texts, images and material remains to learn about individuals and societies.
  • Go on a study trip or undertake a work placement on an archaeological dig, in a school or a museum to research first-hand how evidence from the ancient world is still important to us.


This degree in ancient history concentrates on the study of the social, cultural, political, military and religious histories of ancient Greece and Rome, whilst considering their place in the wider world between Europe, Asia and Africa. You will learn about the many different sources and themes, methods and theories of the writing of ancient history and you also have the opportunity to study ancient Greek and Latin.

On this course you can study modules covering a range of ancient history and historiography, go on trips to London’s museums or a study trip abroad, or even choose to spend one term studying at a university overseas.

You will be encouraged to develop your skills as a historian through active participation in all modules. In class sessions, you will have many opportunities to discuss ideas, explore your interpretations and present your own theories, as well as engaging critically with scholarly debates.

You will be supported throughout the course to develop your critical and analytical skills when interpreting ancient evidence and scholarly debates and will also benefit from individual tutorials when preparing written assignments.

Year one

  • Learn the history and politics of fifth century Athens and of the Roman Empire to gain the context and background required to support you on the course.
  • Study the writings of ancient adventurers who travelled the seas to North Africa and Asia.
  • Investigate the archaeology of Roman Britain and ancient pottery, sculpture and paintings.
  • Option to study ancient Greek or Latin.


Year two

  • Analyse the works of ancient historians such as Herodotus, Thucydides and Tacitus
  • Study a varied range of topics including the history of the Roman emperors, artifacts in London’s museums, society and religion in late antiquity
  • There is an option to take our work placement module, allowing you to gain valuable firsthand experience in a workplace that relates to your studies.

Year three

  • Develop your own area of research interest by writing a dissertation with the support of specialist tutors.
  • Choose to study emperor Nero and his legacy; trade in ancient Rome; the wars of Romans; and barbarians, violence and law in ancient Greece.
  • If you want to develop your ability to read original Greek and Latin texts, you can focus on translating and interpreting authors in the original language.

Year 1

Compulsory Modules
Athens: History and Myth
Rome: Epic and Empire
Exploring the Ancient Mediterranean

Optional Modules
Sites, Objects and Images in Roman Britain
Art and Life in the Ancient World
Sacred Myth, the Bible, and History
Latin or Ancient Greek Beginner

Year 2

Compulsory Module
Historiography in the Footstep of Herodotus

Optional Modules
Power and the Secrets of the Empire: Rome 31BC-235AD
Afterlives: Ancient Gods and Heroes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Politics and Religion in Late Graeco-Roman Society
Museums in London
The Historical Jesus
Intermediate Latin
Intermediate Greek
Professional Practice and Placement

Year 3

Compulsory Module

Optional Modules
Romans and Barbarians
Violence and Law in Ancient Greece
Merchants and Goods on the Move: Trade in the Roman Empire
Cicero and Rome in the Late Republic
Gender and Religion in Ancient Greece
Nero: the Emperor and his Legacy
Special Author Topic


Compulsory modules
Compulsory modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

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