Classics is the study of all aspects of the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome - not just the history and literature, but diverse subjects such as religion, philosophy, mythology, art and architecture, and the reception of the classical world in modern times.The Classical Civilisation (Honours) programme at University of Leeds includes general overviews of Greek and Roman history and culture, and a particular focus on Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid, as the key texts for understanding the classical world. But a wide variety of other options are on offer, and you are given the opportunity to select among them.
Classics focuses on the study of the Greek and Roman worlds, ranging from the earliest Greek literature in the 8th century BC to the fall of the Roman Empire. But it also covers the way ancient culture has been received and interpreted ever since. This degree is the broadest approach to this interdisciplinary field, incorporating the study of history, literature, language, art, philosophy, archaeology and other areas.
You’ll gain a firm foundation in Greek and Roman culture through our core modules, which will also introduce you to key texts such as Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid and key events in ancient history. But you’ll also shape your degree to suit you, choosing from a range of optional modules.
You could study Greek art and Roman comedy, the ruins of Pompeii, or look at the ways in which classical religion and myth have been used in 21st century texts, video games, film, and fiction. We study texts in translation, but if you want to learn or continue with an ancient language we also offer Ancient Greek or Latin.
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In your first year, you’ll be introduced to the key issues and themes in Classics, with core modules on the literature and history of Greek and Roman societies. You’ll also be able to choose from options in areas such as Greek philosophy or classical archaeology to explore your own interests.
In the following year, you’ll have a broader range of choice on topics from Augustus and his legacy, to Dante’s engagement with the Classics. Compulsory modules will introduce you to some of the foundational texts of Western culture, the Iliad and Aeneid.
In your final year, you’ll focus on your interests with optional modules covering areas such as the Argonautic myth, ancient magic, and the role of Classics in modern literature. But you’ll also apply the research, critical, and analytical skills you’ve developed throughout your degree to an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.
You can also learn Ancient Greek or Latin in any year of study.
Study abroad opportunities
All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.
Classics at Leeds has exclusive exchange links with universities in Göttingen in Germany, Verona in Italy, and Thessaloniki in Greece. You could apply to spend a year studying at any of these institutions – modern language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.
All of our students have the opportunity to take a work placement year instead of a study abroad year. The work placement component provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in the workplace and a greater awareness of the transferable skills gained through the study of Classics.
For more information, please visit the programme website.
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