Why Should You Take This Course?
Students who have previously taken this course have ventured into a variety of careers from journalism to accountancy, the Civil Service and publishing.
The history of Greece and Rome form the basis for this course of study which seeks to acquaint students with key episodes in the history of the Ancient World.
Year 1 - Students will study two modules: The relations between the Greek and non-Greek states 492-404 BC and the Julio-Claudian Emperors 31BC-68AD. This requires the students to examine the development of the Greek city states with particular reference to Athens and Sparta and the struggle with Persia that ended in the rise of the Athenian Empire and rivalry with Sparta that in turn produced the epic struggle between the two Greek city states known as the Peloponnesian War.
The Julio-Claudian Emperors focuses on the transformation of the Roman Republic into a dynastic monarchy. The unit requires study of the careers of Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius and Nero and the nature of their rule and the role of Senate and the Army in the making and unmaking of the Emperor.
Year 2 - Students will engage in two depth studies: The rise of Macedonia and Ruling Roman Britain AD 43-c.128. The rise of Macedonia looks at the spectacularly swift emergence of Macedonia to the position of hegemony in Greece under the remarkable figures of Philip whose claim to be the greatest figures in the Ancient World was eclipsed by the life, aims and achievements of his son Alexander the Great. The subsequent conquest of the Persian Empire and beyond is examined along with what we know about Alexander from Historians such as Arrian and Plutarch and seeks to reach a judgement concerning Alexander. Ruling Roman Britain AD 43 to c. 128 AD examines the reasons for the Claudian invasion of 43 AD and the explanation for the subsequent success of Roman Army. The creation of the province of Britannia and the ultimate failure to complete the conquest of the island with the consequent establishment of a northern frontier with Hadrian's Wall.
How will I be assessed?
Regular assessment will take the form of source based questions and essay writing, with regular practice of these skills under exam conditions.
Are there any special expenses?
Students will be advised which texts they will need for the course all of which are readily available from booksellers and online sites.
What could I do next?
Ancient History is a respected degree subject in Higher Education and can open the door to a variety of careers, including Archaeology, Museum Curator, Journalism and the Civil Service.