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MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture

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  • Objectives
    This taught MA course provides an overview of the scope of the visual and material culture of the ancient world, the ways that it might be studied, and the questions that can be asked of it. The core course will give you an awareness of historiography and the methodological issues affecting the study of the material culture of the ancient world as well as inviting you to consider the ways that its study can contribute to our picture of Antiquity. Optional modules allow you to develop your interests in particular aspects of the subject (art, numismatics, or epigraphy) in more depth, while a language component provides the linguistic skills necessary to conduct further research. The 15-20,000-word dissertation provides the opportunity to deploy these skills in the context of a research project based on individual interests. The MA will provide a thorough grounding to anyone considering further research in the fields of art, numismatics or epigraphy, or working on an historical topic that involves the consideration of material evidence. It will also be of interest to students who wish to continue their study of the ancient world for an additional year, perhaps with the aim of subsequently entering a career in museums or curatorial work, or in education.
  • Academic Title
    MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture
  • Course description
    Course Outline
    There are four taught elements, each worth 30 CATS points as well as a 15-20,000-word dissertation (60 CATS).

    Taught Elements:
    Core Module: Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture

    2-hour seminar every two weeks in terms 1 and 2, assessed by a 5,000 word essay on a topic agreed between you and your supervisor.

    Core Module in a Language: Ancient Greek or Latin; Italian, German, or French, at appropriate level, taught alongside undergraduates either within the Classics Department, or in the Italian Department or the Language centre, over the course of the whole academic year. Assessed by a final examination and a dossier of coursework.

    2 option modules chosen from the following:

    - Classical Epigraphy (Dr Alison Cooley and Dr Abigail Graham)
    - Art of the Ancient World (Dr Zahra Newby)
    - Ancient Numismatics (Dr Stanley Ireland)
    - An approved external option (for example, within the History or History of Art Departments)

    These are taught in 9 x 2-hour seminars and are assessed by a 5,000-word essay on a topic chosen in consultation with the lecturer responsible.

    Dissertation of 15-20,000 words

    The topic for this will be finalised during term 2 in conjunction with your supervisor. The dissertation will be submitted in September.

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