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BAAncient and Medieval History

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Drawing on expertise from our Classics and History departments, Ancient and Medieval History offers the opportunity to study the history of Greece and Rome in the Classical period (600 BCE – 700CE) and how that world developed into the Medieval period (c. 600 CE – 1400 CE). The course brings together the two key periods of pre-modern history, offering students the opportunity to compare and contrast pre-modern social and political systems and to develop the knowledge, theories and methodologies necessary for the study of these periods of history.

Taught by a variety of internationally recognised experts, Ancient History allows you will delve into the politics, events and developments underpinning our understanding of many aspects of historical societies and, indeed, our own culture. You will explore themes, key periods and problems in Greek and Roman history, such as the emergence (and fall) of democracy and the rise, decline and fall of Empires.

As a student of Ancient History you will be part of our Classics Department, where the quality of research that informs our teaching and a friendly, individual approach which shapes the way we guide our students combine to create an unbeaten academic experience.

Studying Medieval History is exciting and rewarding; it encourages you to appreciate the human experience in other places and at other times, in a world whose consequences are with us still, be it through the development of international relations, the formation of geopolitical regions (Christendom/ the Islamic world), or the development of town life.

Our internationally renowned academics are developing the very latest thinking on historical problems; this cutting edge knowledge informs the curriculum and will enhance your learning experience. By studying History at one of the largest and most influential departments in the country you will be able to choose from an exceptionally broad range of subjects.

Programme structure

Year 1

Greek Literature
Roman Literature of the Empire
Studying Classical Antiquity
Introduction to Greek Archaeology
Introduction to Roman Architecture
Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
Republics, Kings and People
Rich Tapestry of Life
Rome to Renaissance

Year 2

The Later Roman Empire
Byzantium and its Neighbours, 164 to 1081
London Urban Society, 1400 to 1600
The Crusades and the Eastern Mediterranean, 1095 to 1291
Medicine and Society in Medieval Europe
Explorers and Inventors in Classical and Late Antiquity
Greek History to 404 BC
Greek History from 403 BC to 322
Greek Historiography
Historiography of the Roman World
The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic
Rome and its Empire from Augustus to Commodus
The Pursuit of Power – Europe, 1000 to 1250
Religion, Culture and Society in Europe, 1000 to 1250
Politics, Pestilence and War in Late Medieval Europe, 1300 to 1500
The Sacred and Profane – Cultural Life in Renaissance Europe
Further Latin for Historians
Daily Life in Renaissance and Baroque Italian Cities
The Silk Road 2 – The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires, 1500 to 1700

Year 3

Further Aspects of Modern Greek Language and Culture
Hadrian’s Wall
The City of Athens Gender in Classical Antiquity Alexander the Great Greek Law and Lawcourts Homer (in Translation) The Archaeology of Roman Near East The Good Life in Ancient Philosophy 2 Augustus – Propaganda and Power The Roman Novel Art, Architecture and Power in the Roman World Villa, Domus and Palace – Domestic Space and Social Identity in the Roman World

Career opportunities

Being able to understand and process complex issues, to critically evaluate resources and construct coherent arguments both verbally and in writing is why many Royal Holloway classicists become employed in law, marketing, publishing, the media, government and finance. Employers like Channel 4, multinational law firm SJ Berwin, The Guildhall (City of London), accountancy firm KPMG, the Natural History Museum, Customs and Immigration, London Advertising, Broadstone Pensions and Investments and the Armed Forces have all recently recruited Royal Holloway alumni from the Department of Classics.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States