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  • Objectives
    This non-vocational Masters degree teaches and develops a wealth of transferable skills, and thus enables students to keep open a very wide range of career options. Recent graduates have gone on to vocational MAs (e.g. in Gallery & Museum Studies), to PhDs in classics or ancient history, to teaching, to contract researching, or to work in local or central government, commerce or industry.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements: Applicants should hold a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    Ancient World Studies MA
  • Course description
    Course description

    The MA in Ancient World Studies is extremely flexible and wide-ranging. In this it reflects the broad, multidisciplinary nature of the subject area, which includes Latin and Greek language, the history of Greek and Roman antiquity from archaic times to the beginning of the Middle Ages, and Greek and Roman literature, culture, art, and philosophy. The MA is designed to introduce students to advanced study in their chosen field and to equip them with the skills required for doctoral research. The programme and most modules within it allow students to tailor their advanced study and research-preparation to their interests, needs and existing knowledge. Apart from the thesis, the only compulsory unit of the four required is that devoted to research training, although one of the other three is normally a language, ancient or modern, at the appropriate level. Three specialist pathways through the MA programme deserve special mention: the 'City of Rome' and the 'Athens and Attica' pathways involve taking a course unit at the British School at Rome or at Athens, respectively, while the 'Song Text and Performance' pathway focuses on ancient Greek language and literature, together of course with research training and the dissertation. Recent MA dissertation topics include: Roman Imperial freedmen; Spartacus; Mycenaean Greek; Greek empires; Oracle and prophecy in Sophoclean tragedy; Buildings in Latin literature.

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    Module details
    Course units that may be offered include;

    -The Study of the Ancient World: techniques & approaches,
    -Latin Prose Literature: Letters,
    -Latin Poetics,
    -Song, Text and Performance,
    -Hellenistic Literature ,
    -Greek Myth: Society & psychology,
    -History of the City of Rome from Romulus to Augustus,
    -Intellectual Life in the Flavian and Antonine Periods,
    -Demes and Democracy: the internal structures of the Athenian state 

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