What is Ancient Civilisations about?
Deepen your understanding of the present by exploring the ancient past.
When you study ancient civilisations, you free yourself from the tyranny of the present. You come to understand the ever-changing nature of human societies, as well as the deep continuities that bind humanity together.
Are you curious about the depravity of Roman emperors or the vengeful natures of ancient gods? Have you ever wanted to read Homer’s Odyssey, find out why the Roman Republic fell, or understand the development of Athenian democracy?
In Ancient Civilisations you will explore the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world and their ongoing influence through the words, images, and actions of ancient people themselves.
John Elliott Classics Museum
Would you like to see some Ancient Greek pottery which speaks of mythical tales, religious reverence, and wild party nights? Or a centurion's sword, floor mosaics, jewellery and cosmetic items, or bronze surgical implements from Ancient Rome? Once unearthed by archaeologists, they now await discovery by you.Address: University Centre, Sandy Bay Campus
Cost: Free entry
Phone: +61 3 6226 2235
Why study Ancient Civilisations with us?
Our Ancient Civilisations program offers a unique opportunity for you to develop understanding of other cultures (both ancient and modern), critical thinking and research skills, fluency of communication, and work readiness by studying the ancient past.
The classical period, which includes the Greeks and Romans, holds endless fascination and modern parallels. This course looks at language, art, architecture, society and conflict.
Undertake a major (eight units) or minor (four units) in Ancient Civilisations on-campus in Hobart, or from anywhere online.
Follow your diverse interests and curiosities with a diverse range of units in classical mythology, Roman history, Greek and Roman religions, ancient epics, ancient drama, erotic literature, and more.
What careers relate to Ancient Civilisations?
Modern workplaces are invariably changing; responding to economic, political and social forces, which means employees need the basic intellectual capacities to adapt to change. Employers value Ancient Civilisation graduates with intercultural awareness and ethical responsibility.
Employers also depend on people who are effective communicators and decision-makers, with demonstrable skills in critical thinking, problem solving, research and investigation. These abilities are fundamental for graduates of Arts-related degrees from the School of Humanities.
- Advocacy and counselling
- Communications and public relations
- Foreign relations
- Healthcare and healthcare ethics
- Information technology
- Journalism and publishing
- Manager in private and public enterprises
- Marketing and advertising
- Politics and public policy-making
- Public health and welfare
- Tourism and travel operator
How can I learn about Ancient Civilisations?
Ancient Civilisations is one of three Classics majors – with Ancient Greek and Latin – available through the School of Humanities. It's a popular combination with History, English, Philosophy, or Gender Studies in the Bachelor of Arts. With units delivered on-campus and online, you can enjoy the flexibility of studying anywhere, anytime.
Both the major (eight units) and minor (four units) involve core and elective units in Ancient Civilisations which can be identified with 'HTC' in the unit code. As a diverse discipline, the core units will provide a necessary grounding in essential periods and cultures, while the elective units will allow you to follow your particular interest.
Interested in studying with us? Explore our course and research opportunities below.
Each course and unit is linked to its own page with more detailed information and entry requirements on the Courses & Units website.
Your learning experience in Ancient Civilisations goes beyond the lecture and tutorials.
You will be taught by experts, and gain perspective from guest lecturers and forums; gain a competitive advantage with real-world experience prior to graduation; study abroad for a fortnight, a month, a semester or a year, as part of your degree; have options to complete your studies your way, whether on-campus, online, part-time or full-time; pursue your passion or specialisation with a range of scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance programs, or meet your career goals with our pathway options.
Our research in the Classics
Our research focuses broadly on the literature and history of the late Roman Republic and early Empire, on ancient philosophy, and on Greek literature of the Roman Imperial period.
We have particular research strengths in Augustan poetry, the history of emotions, ancient rhetoric, the ancient novel, and neoplatonic philosophy. Our work is published in leading journals and by top-tier academic presses. We have access to an international network of researchers, and members of our team have received prestigious research grants.
We welcome proposals from qualified applicants to undertake research degrees at both the Masters and PhD levels, and are pleased to discuss proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries.
Featured Researcher | Dr Jayne Knight
Jayne is a Lecturer in Classics. Her recent research broadly considers the roles that emotions play in society. Jayne's current project examines the development of Roman discourse about uses and abuses of anger in public life during the late Republic and early Principate.View Jayne's full researcher profile Browse our academic staff profiles