Theory and Methodology for the Study of the Ancient World (30 credits; compulsory)
This module provides students with a critical understanding of the context of the ancient world from historical and archaeological perspectives and enables students to critically assess and evaluate differing theoretical and methodological approaches to interpreting the ancient world.
Screening the Past: Film and History – Ancient, Medieval, Modern (30 credits; optional)
Film is one of the staples of modern culture, from indie productions to Hollywood blockbusters. In this module, you will explore how film has dealt with historical topics, covering films from silent film to today on different historical periods, figures and events.
Textiles in the Ancient World (30 credits; optional)
Textiles were essential in the life of people in the ancient world, yet it is one of the least understood aspects of material culture. In this module, you will explore how archaeology, experimentation, philology and craft-knowledge come together to illuminate the world of ancient textiles in the Greco-Roman period.
Rome and the Indian Ocean: The Classical World in a Global Context (30 credits; optional)
This module explores Graeco-Roman engagement with the wider Afro-Eurasian world, looking at economic and cross-cultural exchange, transcultural adaptations, diplomatic contact, and the impact of wider world events on the Graeco-Roman Mediterranean. The module draws upon a wide range of sources (literary, epigraphic, archaeological, and iconography) to enable students to critically evaluate the cultural, religious, political, diplomatic, context of these exchanges.
Aspects of Greek and Roman Religion and Cult (30 credits; optional)
The module explores the religion and cults of the Greeks and the Romans, from theoretical and practical perspectives. You will explore the relationship between cult and mythology, cult and politics, cult and gender, as well as the cults of humans, from the Greek heroic cult to the Imperial Cult.
The History and Culture of Late Antiquity (30 credits; optional)
On the cusp between the ancient and medieval worlds, Late Antiquity is a period full of contradictions. The module explores the political, social and cultural changes in this period, and their effects on literature and art.
Gender in the Ancient World (30 credits; optional)
This module provides students with a detailed and critical understanding of gender in ancient civilisations and drawing upon current theoretical approaches to this topic. Case studies are drawn from the Classical world and the Bronze Age Mediterranean. Students engage with a variety of archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic and literary sources as well as comparative evidence and methodologies.
Myth in Greek and Roman Epic (30 credits; optional)
Myth was an essential part of the way that the Greeks and the Romans perceived themselves and the world around them. In this module, you will study how mythology is presented in the greatest of literary genres: epic poetry. The module covers poets and works from Homer to late Antiquity, including the epylion.
Power and Culture in the Hellenistic East (30 credits; optional)
In this module, you will explore the Hellenistic kingdoms and how power was expressed in the period. Covering a variety of topics, from religion and ruler cult, to the role of women in the courts of the Seleucids, the module guides students through one of the least researched periods of antiquity.
The Greek Economy in the Archaic and Classical Periods (30 credits; optional)
The module guides you through the different aspects of the economies of Greek and peri-Greek regions in the archaic and classical periods. Equally based upon an in-depth consideration of the sources and evidence and upon the discussion of theoretical and methodological perspectives, the module encourages students to create their own interpretation of the ancient economies.
Life in the Eastern Desert of Egypt (30 credits; optional)
This module considers the conditions of people, living, working and travelling through the Eastern Desert of Egypt (indigenous populations, travellers and the military). The module draws upon archaeological, textual and visual evidence.
MRes Dissertation (Ancient) (120 credits; compulsory)
The dissertation is the greater part of the Ancient History (MRes), as students have the opportunity to conceive and research a topic of their own design of greater length and depth than the MA dissertation.