Durham University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Classics

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Course summary

The Classics degree is language-focused, although how much language is studied and at what level depends upon you. The course is designed to be equally suitable for students who have A-levels (or equivalent) in Greek and/or Latin and for students with no experience in one or both languages. We offer modules in both Latin and Greek, in prose and verse, at every level, from complete beginner to very advanced, and you’ll be able to take modules which are appropriate to your level of language experience and (at Advanced and Higher levels) your particular interests in the subject. Year 1 You’ll take two interdisciplinary modules that will give you grounding in the central periods of Greek and Roman culture: Introduction to the Greek World Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus. You’ll also take courses in Greek and/or Latin language, at the appropriate level. Other first-year optional modules have previously included: Lives of Objects Early Greek Philosophy The Craft of the Ancient Historian Language, Translation and Interpretation. Year 2 You’ll take a module to study representative examples of Greek and Roman epic; you’ll be introduced to a wide range of approaches to the study of epic including its role as a device for memorialisation and explore the ways in which the genre developed in Greek and Roman antiquity and beyond: Traditions of Epic. Study of Latin and/or Greek continues in the second year. Many of the other modules in the second year are broad surveys, for example of a historical period or a literary genre. Historical offerings have previously included: The Hellenistic World Crisis of The Roman Republic Emperors and Dynasties Literary, philosophical and cultural topics have previously included: Greek Literature and The Near East Interpreting Greek Tragedy Today Creation and Cosmology Ancient Political Thought and Action Stoicism Dialogues with Antiquity Classical Receptions and Contemporary Cultures Theatre and Spectacle in Ancient Rome Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad) You’ll write a Dissertation on a topic chosen at the end of your second year in consultation with an adviser, with who you’ll meet regularly for guidance throughout Year 3. Your study of Latin and/or Greek will proceed to the next level, with the texts becoming more difficult or fragmentary. Most other modules in the third year cover specific topics that arise out of the research interests of the members of staff. Historical modules have previously included: Greeks and Persians Roman Syria Writing Alexander The Life and Times of Cicero Urbs Roma The Later Roman Empire. Literary, philosophical and cultural topics have previously included: The Literature and Language of Ancient Babylon Comedy and Tragedy, Laughter and Sorrow Hellenistic Poetry: Theory and Practice Roman Law and Latin Literature Love and Sex in Ancient Poetry Technologies of Knowledge in Antiquity Knowledge and Doubt in Hellenistic Philosophy Study Abroad This course includes an optional European Studies element, where you may spend the third year of a four-year course studying at a European university (for further details please see our website). Students interested in studying abroad apply to transfer to the European Studies course after their first year of study. We also participate in the University-wide overseas exchange programme, which offers the opportunity to spend your second year studying at one of our partner universities in North America or Australasia. We review course structures and core content every year and will publish finalised core requirements for 2022 entry from September 2021. Please note the list of optional modules available in any year 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 You’ll take two interdisciplinary modules that will give you grounding in the central periods of Greek and Roman culture: Introduction to the Greek World, Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus. You’ll also take courses in Greek and/or Latin language, at the appropriate level. Other first-year optional modules have previously included: Lives of Objects / Early Greek Philosophy / The Craft of the Ancient Historian / Language, Translation and Interpretation. Year 2You’ll take a module to study representative examples of Greek and Roman epic; you’ll be introduced to a wide range of approaches to the study of epic including its role as a device for memorialisation and explore the ways in which the genre developed in Greek and Roman antiquity and beyond: Traditions of Epic. Study of Latin and/or Greek continues in the second year. Many of the other modules in the second year are broad surveys, for example of a historical period or a literary genre. Historical offerings have previously included: The Hellenistic World / Crisis of The Roman Republic / Emperors and Dynasties. Literary, philosophical and cultural topics have previously included: Greek Literature and The Near East / Interpreting Greek Tragedy Today / Creation and Cosmology / Ancient Political Thought and Action / Stoicism / Dialogues with Antiquity / Classical Receptions and Contemporary Cultures / Theatre and Spectacle in Ancient Rome. Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad) You’ll write a Dissertation on a topic chosen at the end of your second year in consultation with an adviser, with who you’ll meet regularly for guidance throughout Year 3. Your study of Latin and/or Greek will proceed to the next level, with the texts becoming more difficult or fragmentary. Most other modules in the third year cover specific topics that arise out of the research interests of the members of staff. Historical modules have previously included: Greeks and Persians / Roman Syria / Writing Alexander / The Life and Times of Cicero / Urbs Roma / The Later Roman Empire. Literary, philosophical and cultural topics have previously included: The Literature and Language of Ancient Babylon / Comedy and Tragedy, Laughter and Sorrow / Hellenistic Poetry: Theory and Practice / Roman Law and Latin Literature / Love and Sex in Ancient Poetry / Technologies of Knowledge in Antiquity / Knowledge and Doubt in Hellenistic Philosophy. We review course structures and core content every year and will publish finalised core requirements for 2022 entry from September 2021. Please note the list of optional modules available in any year 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 codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level BBB (or equivalent). To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/. Classical subjects are not essential for any of our courses, but we do we look for evidence of linguistic ability.

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

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


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £23250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £23250 Year 1

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