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A. Ancient Civilisations
The units in Ancient Civilisations survey the history, literature and artistic and material remains of the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, particularly Greece and Rome. Historical documents and literary works are studied in translation so that no knowledge of the original languages is required. However the department has no doubt that students will significantly deepen their knowledge and appreciation of these cultures so important for the understanding of contemporary Western society by acquiring some capacity in the language in which the Greeks and Romans expressed themselves.
A major sequence (100%) is offered in the Bachelor of Arts degree consisting of Ancient Civilisations 1 (25%), and five units (each 15%) taken over two years from options available at 200 level and 300 level (75%). N.B. Students who enrolled before 1993 are required to complete 2 units (12 points) at 200 level and 3 units (18 points) at 300 level.
An Honours course, Classics 4, is offered in fourth year. Courses at this level (400) require as a minimum an ability in Latin at 100 level.

B. Ancient Greek and Latin
A major sequence (105%) in each language is usually offered in the Bachelor of Arts degree consisting of units at first year (25%) second year (40%) and third year (40%) levels. Students are taught these languages and gain the ability to read some of the classics of Greek and Roman literature in their original form. In each case the first year unit is designed for those who have no prior knowledge of the language. Some advanced units in Ancient Greek and Latin, that is HCG200/201 Ancient Greek 2 (40%), HCG300/301 Ancient Greek 3 (40%), HCL200/201 Latin 2 (40%) and HCL300/301 Latin 3 (40%) may not be offered depending on enrolments and the availability of staff.
Students intending to take advanced Ancient Greek and Latin should see the Head of Department as early as possible and no later than December in the preceding year.

An Honours course - Classics 4
may be offered in the fourth year depending on the availability of staff.
Students gaining a good four-year Honours degree in Classics should note that the department accepts candidates for the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy.

Research supervision is available in the fields of Greek and Roman history and literature. Supervision in Greek and Roman art may be available subject to the availability of staff. Qualified students intending to pursue postgraduate research in any of these fields should consult the Head of Department for further details.
Students should be aware of other aids to study which the department offers. The John Elliott Classics Museum, exhibited in the University Centre, forms a major collection of antiquities comprising representative examples of the art and artefacts of the civilisations studied in the Department's courses. The study area of the Museum also contains slides and some reference works available for student use.

Unit Descriptions

HCA100 Ancient Civilisations 1

Examines the civilisation of Ancient Greece, especially Athens, from the Archaic period to the end of the 5th century, with particular concentration on the historical and literary achievements of the fifth century. First semester deals with Greek history, second semester with Greek literature. Greek history covers the major developments from Solon onwards, with special attention to the growth and functioning of Athenian democracy, and the Athenian Empire, the sources and also examines features of Greek society, thought and culture. Greek literature consists of a study of selected literary works in translation, introducing students to some of the major literary forms (epic, tragedy and comedy) used by the Greeks and Romans.

Special notes
teaching staff PJ Davis (Coordinator), Dr I Worthington
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern full year - lectures Tues, Thurs 4.10 p.m.; and a weekly tutorial
mutual exclusions
method of assessment 2x750-word exercises, and 2x1,500-word papers (40%), 2-hour exam in June, 2-hour exam in Nov (60%)
required texts, etc
[p/b] Aristotle, The Constitution of the Athenians, tr. Rhodes, Penguin.
[p/b] Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, tr. Warner), Penguin.
[p/b] Homer, Odyssey, Harper Torch Books.
[p/b] Sophocles, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone, ed. D Grene, 2nd edn, Chicago Univ Press.
[p/b] Euripides II,The Cyclops, Heracles, Iphigenia in Taurus, Helen, ed. R Lattimore, Chicago Univ Press.
[p/b] Aristophanes,Wasps, Poet and the Women, Frogs, tr. D Barrett, Penguin.
[p/b] Herodotus, The Histories, tr. de Selincourt, Penguin.
[p/b] Hammond HGL, History of Greece, Oxford University Press.
recommended reading

Course: Bachelor of Arts (R3A)

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