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Semester 1

Studying Ancient History 1 (ANHI10067)

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Ancient History





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Visiting students must have previously taken at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Ancient History) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the academic pre-requisites does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year Ancient History courses are very popular and have strict visiting student quotas, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces. Additional costs for course materials may be incurred in taking this course.

Course Summary

This course aims to introduce students to the study of a particular topic in Ancient History. The topic is chosen by the courser organiser for each outing of the course. Topics may include (but are not restricted to) larger areas of study, such as: The Roman economy; Diet in the ancient world; or Ancient imperialism.

Course Description

The core aim of the course is to teach students how to approach the study of a defined topic, how to access the relevant sources and the modern debate, and how to identify important questions and understudied areas within the study of the relevant topic. Students will also learn how the studied topic relates to other areas of ancient and modern history, as well as the study of the ancient world more generally. Specific thematic information for each outing of this course will be provided during the course selection process. There is no predetermined contextual syllabus because the teaching schedule will change with each outing of the course depending on the chosen course topic. The schedule given here is indicatory of the methodological and source-based issues covered in this course but will change depending on the particular topic for study: Week 1: Introduction: evidence and models in ancient history; Week 2: Approaching the topic: the modern historiography; Week 3: The evidence: literary sources; Week 4: The evidence: epigraphic evidence; Week 5: The evidence: archaeological evidence; Week 6: Viewpoints: geography; Week 7: Viewpoints: chronology; Week 8: Viewpoints: gender; Week 9: Viewpoints: class; Week 10: Beyond ancient history: the topic in other periods; Week 11: Conclusion: looking at the wider context.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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