Durham University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Ancient History

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This course focuses on the political, social and cultural history of the Greek and Roman world, and their interactions with neighbouring societies. In your first year, you study core topics in Greek and Roman history, as well as a module focusing on ancient historical writing. These courses prepare you for a wide range of more specifically historical modules about politics and society in the ancient world available in your second and third years. The course includes the option of beginning to learn Greek or Latin language (or continuing, if you have studied the languages already). Year 1 In the first year, you take an introductory module on ancient historiography: The Craft of the Ancient Historian You will also take two interdisciplinary modules that serve to give you grounding in the central periods of Greek and Roman culture: Remembering Athens Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus Other previous first-year optional modules included: Beginners’ Latin and Greek Intermediate Latin and Greek (if you have an A level or equivalent) Greek Art and Architecture Early Greek Philosophy Socrates and the Socratics Year 2 Historical modules in the second year offer deeper and broader surveys of political and social history from the Greek and Roman worlds. You will take at least three ancient history modules in your second year. In addition, you can choose from a range of modules exploring literary, philosophical and cultural topics. If you choose to study Latin or Greek you may continue these courses in your second year. It is also possible to begin the study of Latin or Greek in the second year. Historical offerings have previously included: Athens, Sparta and the Greek World The Hellenistic World Crisis of The Roman Republic Emperors and Dynasties. Literary, cultural & philosophical topics have previously included: Traditions of Epic Greek Literature and The Near East Interpreting Greek Tragedy Today Creation and Cosmology Ancient Political Thought & Action Stoicism Dialogues with Antiquity Classical Receptions & Contemporary Cultures Theatre & Spectacle in Ancient Rome Myths of Transformation in Ovid’s Metamorphoses Year 3 (Year 4 if taking a Year Abroad) You will write a Dissertation in your third year. You will choose a topic at the end of your second year in consultation with an adviser, with who you will meet regularly for guidance throughout year three. Third-year modules typically cover specific topics that arise out of the research interests of our members of staff. At least two of your third-year modules must focus on ancient historical subjects; you can also choose from modules which explore cultural, literary and philosophical themes. If you study Latin and Greek you can proceed to the next level, with the texts becoming more difficult or fragmentary. Historical modules have previously included: Greeks & Persians Roman Syria Writing Alexander The Life & Times of Cicero Urbs Roma The Later Roman Empire Literary, Philosophical & Cultural topics have previously included: The Literature & Language of Ancient Babylon Comedy & Tragedy, Laughter & Sorrow Hellenistic Poetry: Theory and Practice Roman Law & Latin Literature Love and Sex in Ancient Poetry Technologies of Knowledge in Antiquity Knowledge and Doubt in Hellenistic Philosophy. Classical Victorians For this course the study of ancient languages is not required, though it is permitted as an option; and each year at least half of your modules must be on historical topics. We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered. For more information on this course, please see our website.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 In the first year, you take an introductory module on ancient historiography: The Craft of the Ancient Historian You will also take two interdisciplinary modules that serve to give you grounding in the central periods of Greek and Roman culture: Remembering Athens Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus Other previous first-year optional modules included: Beginners’ Latin and Greek Intermediate Latin and Greek (if you have an A level or equivalent) Greek Art and Architecture Early Greek Philosophy Socrates and the Socratics Year 2 Historical modules in the second year offer deeper and broader surveys of political and social history from the Greek and Roman worlds. You will take at least three ancient history modules in your second year. In addition, you can choose from a range of modules exploring literary, philosophical and cultural topics. If you choose to study Latin or Greek you may continue these courses in your second year. It is also possible to begin the study of Latin or Greek in the second year. Historical offerings have previously included: Athens, Sparta and the Greek World The Hellenistic World Crisis of The Roman Republic Emperors and Dynasties. Literary, cultural & philosophical topics have previously included: Traditions of Epic Greek Literature and The Near East Interpreting Greek Tragedy Today Creation and Cosmology Ancient Political Thought & Action Stoicism Dialogues with Antiquity Classical Receptions & Contemporary Cultures Theatre & Spectacle in Ancient Rome Myths of Transformation in Ovid’s Metamorphoses Year 3 (Year 4 if taking a Year Abroad) You will write a Dissertation in your third year. You will choose a topic at the end of your second year in consultation with an adviser, with who you will meet regularly for guidance throughout year three. Third-year modules typically cover specific topics that arise out of the research interests of our members of staff. At least two of your third-year modules must focus on ancient historical subjects; you can also choose from modules which explore cultural, literary and philosophical themes. If you study Latin and Greek you can proceed to the next level, with the texts becoming more difficult or fragmentary. Historical modules have previously included: Greeks & Persians Roman Syria Writing Alexander The Life & Times of Cicero Urbs Roma The Later Roman Empire Literary, Philosophical & Cultural topics have previously included: The Literature & Language of Ancient Babylon Comedy & Tragedy, Laughter & Sorrow Hellenistic Poetry: Theory and Practice Roman Law & Latin Literature Love and Sex in Ancient Poetry Technologies of Knowledge in Antiquity Knowledge and Doubt in Hellenistic Philosophy. Classical Victorians For this course the study of ancient languages is not required, though it is permitted as an option; and each year at least half of your modules must be on historical topics. We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered. For more information on this course, please see our website.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAA Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking. Information: Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.
Scottish Higher AAAAB We will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. If an applicant has not been able to take 3 Advanced Highers, offers may be made with a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or on a number of Highers.
Scottish Advanced Higher AAA
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 37 points 18 points (6, 6, 6) in Higher Level subjects
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Not accepted
Extended Project Not accepted
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2, H2
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, D3

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level AAB (or equivalent), which we will reduce to A level ABB (or equivalent) if you choose it as your firm choice. To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/entry/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £22100 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £22100 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Ancient History at Durham University - UCAS