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About Classics

Classics is in general terms the study of ancient civilisations, particularly those of ancient Greece and Rome. The discipline offers three study-routes, which can be followed independently or in combination through the BA and the BSocSc (General Studies) degrees:

  • Classical Civilisation (the study of literatures, mythologies, art and archaeology, history and culture, with particular focus on aspects of the ancient Mediterranean world relevant to today);
  • Classical Greek language and literature; and
  • Classical Latin language and literature.

In all these study-routes, students acquire skills of analytical and comparative thinking, articulate and intelligent use of written and spoken language, and broad cultural literacy.

Classics opens the doors of opportunity to our students by offering a diverse range of courses that are rooted in classical times but require the application of modern analytical skills.

We offer a range of exciting and dynamic courses to suit a new era in the study of the Classics. The courses on offer allow students not only to develop an appreciation for the classical civilisations but also to equip themselves with important skills required in any sphere of their professional lives.

The foyer of the Classics Programme houses a collection of ancient Mediterranean artefacts representing over 3000 years of Egyptian, Greek and Roman culture. Classics also has a small LAN equipped with scanners and software relevant to the study of the ancient world, as well as a Classics library that now holds about 5,000 books and journals.

Course Overview

Classical Civilisation

  • 1st level Classics course
  • 2nd/3rd level courses

Classical Languages

  • Latin
  • Classical Greek
  • Honours: Classics offers an Honours Programme in Classical Civilisations or Latin or Classical Greek. The pre-requisite is a completed 3rd year major in Classics in the respective sub-discipline.
  • Masters: Classics offers a Masters by Research only (192 credits) under the supervision of one of the permanent staff members. The pre-requisite is an Honours Degree in Classics and at least one completed year in either Latin or Classical Greek.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Classics offers a PhD programme (384 credits) by thesis only under the supervision of one of the permanent staff members. The pre-requisite is a Masters’ Degree in Classics and at least two completed years in either Latin or Classical Greek.
  • Post-Doctoral Scholarships: Classics offers a full Post-Doctoral Programme within the framework of the College of Humanities under the supervision of one of the permanent staff members and invites applications from interested qualified candidates

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