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.

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Highlights from the Material Culture and Archaeological Tools Workshop.

Material Culture and Archaeological Tools Workshop at UKZN Classics Museum

September 27, 2019

The Classics department within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) recently hosted a...

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Dr Mark Hermans, visiting lecturer at the UKZN Classics Department.

Classics Department Hosts Visiting Lecturer

December 6, 2018

The Classics Department within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) recently hosted visiting...

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Seen with the book: South Africa, Greece, Rome: Classical Confrontations is (from left) Dr Elke Steinmeyer, Professor Grant Parker and Dr Suzanne Sharland.

UKZN Academics Review and Contribute to New Classics Book

August 20, 2018

The Classics Department from the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) hosted a visit...

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Visiting academic, Ms Valeria Pace, from the University of Cambridge, England.

English Academic Delves into Hellenistic Literature

June 28, 2018

The Classics Department in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics hosted visiting academic, Ms...

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