Ancient History


Studying Ancient History offers students a wide range of units of study on the ancient Greek, Roman and early post-Roman and Byzantine civilisations. We look at the evidence for this world: literature; documents on stone, metal, clay, wood or papyrus; visual images; coins; and other material sources. We use various historical approaches to try to recover the past in a way that is meaningful to the present.

Please note: Mid-year entry for the Ancient History Honours subject area is not available.

The honours year

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) year provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in the arts or humanities the opportunity to extend their potential in research. Students may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area. The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practise, further equipping you for employment or entry into the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Workload and assessment

The honours year in Ancient History consists of: 1. a thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff 2. two seminars that meet weekly for two hours for one semester. The thesis should be of 18,000-20,000 words in length. Each seminar requires 6,000 words of written work or it equivalent. The thesis is worth 50% of the final Honours mark and each of the seminars is worth 25%.

Related subject areas

Archaeology, Classical Studies, Greek (Ancient), Latin, History, Philosophy

Our courses that offer this honours subject area