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Our courses

We offer one of the widest ranges of specialist subjects in the UK, from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity and beyond. Embark on a journey of discovery, exploring the history, literature, art, culture and language of classical civilisations.

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Why study with us?

Our expert academics will guide you as you discover ancient cultures and their importance today. You will examine artefacts in our on-site museum, and can learn a language in order to read ancient texts in their original form.

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How you'll study

Take part in interactive seminars where you'll engage in stimulating debate and advance your own theories. We offer exciting opportunities to study abroad and undertake placements in the field.

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Life in the Department

You'll join our friendly, supportive community of students and academics. Attend fascinating talks on the latest research and make friends and socialise with the Classics Society.


Our research

95% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Classics), and this feeds directly into our teaching.


Karim's story

One of the things I loved about Classics at Reading was the flexibility of the course and the wide range of modules on offer.

Karim Bhaluani

BA Classics and master's in Classics and Ancient History graduate

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Meet our expert academics

Our enthusiastic staff are leaders in their field, with extensive knowledge ranging from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity and beyond.