Follow your interests
At Reading you will learn about the vast breadth of the classical world, chronologically, geographically and methodologically. This enables you to steer your own degree to suit your personal interests.
Our courses provide you with a well-rounded knowledge of the ancient world, by not just focusing on the main areas of Classics, but by also looking at those subjects on the periphery of the classical world. We have particular strengths in Late Antiquity, Hellenic History, the Bronze Age, Anatolia, Near Eastern studies, Egypt, Byzantium, early Christian studies, Latin Christianity, Greek tragedy and Homer, amongst other areas.
BA ANCIENT HISTORY
Covering the Greek and Roman worlds from 2000BC to 600AD, this degree focuses on the history and cultures of these ancient civilisations. With the opportunity to learn about subjects as diverse as warfare and agriculture, this course will allow you to delve into the ancient world and the legacy it has left behind.
"The course at Reading had everything I could want, offering a wide range of topics to study. Modules on offer, such as the Trojan War, Ancient Medicine, Fifth Century Athens and Augustan Rome, meant I finished my degree with a sizeable knowledge of the Ancient World."
Learn about the literature of the ancient world, and the influence it has on today's society. Understanding the genres and themes of ancient narrative provides context for the way that history and civilisation have unfolded. You will have the opportunity to bring the classical world to life by studying representations of classical civilisations in cinema and through our award-winning digital model of Rome.
"I loved doing my degree because it was interesting to me and I got to choose the direction that I took it in. My degree was Classical Studies, so I focused on the literature of the ancient Greeks and Romans which I could easily do due to the wide range of modules on offer."
This degree allows you to get to grips with the unadapted texts of ancient Rome and Greece, built around a knowledge of ancient languages. Whether you're a new starter at Latin and Ancient Greek or an accomplished learner, we can accommodate you on this degree. Beyond this core foundation, you will have the opportunity to study political, social and cultural aspects of the ancient world. You can also branch out beyond the worlds of Greece and Rome, with the chance to learn Egyptian hieroglyphs.
"The course offered a wide range of modules, so I took subjects I hadn't done before to broaden my knowledge, before narrowing my interests as I progressed through my degree. The lecturers are brilliant experts in a variety of fields, and very supportive."
DIVERSIFY YOUR STUDIES
The University of Reading offers joint courses in a variety of subjects. Joint degrees enable you to study subjects which complement each other to aid your learning, or offer diversity of topic to stimulate your interest. We offer joint courses in:
The Department also holds expertise in Museum Studies and were one of the first universities in the UK to offer an undergraduate course in Museum Studies and Classical Studies.
Alternatively you can choose to take modules in a variety of other subjects such as Museum Studies, Philosophy, Archaeology, History, or English, as part of your degree in the Classics Department.
"I will be forever grateful I did a joint degree - it gave me so many more options and allowed me to steer my degree in the direction I wanted. I felt a part of both departments and made friends in both subjects."
BUILD YOUR OWN DEGREE
Our flexible modular programmes enable you to build your own degree to suit your personal interests.
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