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Choosing a pathway

The extensive range of modules on offer in the Classics Department at Reading enables you to select your optional modules to pursue your interests as they develop. Our options can be combined flexibly, allowing you to choose your own pathway through our degrees if your interests lie in a particular area.

"One of the things I loved about Classics at Reading was the flexibility of the course and the wide range of modules on offer. At undergraduate, you can choose from a variety of Classics modules - such as ancient drama, literature, or history-based subjects - or modules from outside the Department."

Karim Bhaluani

BA Classics graduate and MRes in Classics and Ancient History


In each year you will study a combination of core modules and optional modules. You will typically take 6-8 modules in a year, a total of 120 credits.

Here are some example pathways you could follow if you wish to tailor your studies to pursue your interests. These are not set pathways and in no way restrict you to these modular choices, but demonstrate how you can take advantage of our wide range of optional modules and flexible courses to focus your degree in a particular area should you choose to. 

history of the Near East

 Year of degree  Core modules  Optional modules
 First

Greek History:

War, Society, and

Change in the Archaic Age

Roman History:

the Rise and Fall of the Republic

Ancient Song (Classical Lyric Poetry)

Text, Readers, and Writers

Latin

Ancient Greek

 Second

Greek History:

Persian Wars to Alexander

Roman History:

From Republic to Empire

Prospects for

Classicists & Ancient Historians

 

Introduction to Late Antiquity

Justinianic Plague

Egypt & Greece

Cleopatra

 Third Dissertation

Late Antique Egypt

Saints & Sinners

Alexander to Cleopatra

Egyptian Language & Hieroglyphics

 

material culture

 Year of degree  Core modules Optional modules 
First

Ancient Song (Classical Lyric Poetry)

Text, Readers, and Writers

Greek History: War, Society, and Change in the Archaic Age

Roman History: the Rise and Fall of the Republic

Latin

Ancient Greek

 Second

Ancient Epic

Ancient Drama

Prospects for Classicists & Ancient Historians

Greek Architecture

Curatorship and Collections Management

Ancient Sport

Voices from the Roman Army

 Third  Dissertation

Digital Silchester

Late Antique Egypt

Greek Art and Drama

Pioneers of Classical Archaeology

 

Classics in the modern world

 Year of degree Core modules  Optional modules 
First

Ancient Song (Classical Lyric Poetry)

Text, Readers, and Writers

Greek History: War, Society, and Change in the Archaic Age

Roman History: the Rise and Fall of the Republic

Latin

Ancient Greek

 Second

Ancient Epic

Ancient Drama

Prospects for Classicists & Ancient Historians

Cleopatras

My Mother's Sin and Other Stories

Ancient World on Television

 Third Dissertation

Receptions of Homer

Digital Silchester

Transformations of Helen

 

ancient language

  Year of degree Core modules   Optional modules
 First

Latin

Ancient Greek

Greek History: War, Society, and Change in the Archaic Age

Roman History: the Rise and Fall of the Republic

Ancient Song (Classical Lyric Poetry)

Text, Readers, and Writers

 Second

Latin

Ancient Greek

Prospects for Classicists & Ancient Historians

Ancient Drama

Ancient Epic

Greek Religions

Modern Greek

 Third

Latin 

Ancient Greek

Dissertation

Greek Prose Composition

Ancient Egyptian Language and Hieroglyphs

Modules in other departments

Across all pathways and degrees you can take 20 credits outside of the Classics Department if you wish (subject to space and eligibility). Popular choices include modern foreign languages, Archaeology, History, Philosophy, Politics and English Literature modules.

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