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BAAncient History with Philosophy

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Overview

By combining Ancient History (75% of your course) with Philosophy (25%) you’ll have the opportunity to study the history of Greece and Rome in the Classical period as the major element of your degree alongside ancient and modern philosophy. With roots of the subject anchored in the ancient world, Philosophy makes an ideal partner for classical subjects.

Taught by a variety of internationally recognised experts, Ancient History offers the opportunity to study the history of Greece and Rome in the Classical period (600 BCE to 700 CE). Over three years 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.

At Royal Holloway we have a unique approach to Philosophy that looks beyond the narrow confines of the Anglo-American analytic or the European tradition of philosophy focus on both traditions, their relationship and connections between them. The result has been the creation of a truly interdisciplinary and collaborative programme that brings together academic staff from departments across the university.

With the opportunity to examine (amongst other things) the mind and consciousness, aesthetics and morals, the self and others, the range of subjects available to Philosophy students at Royal Holloway guarantees that there will be something on offer that really engages you during your time with us.

Programme structure

Year 1

Classics: Greek Literature
Classics: Roman Literature Of The Republic
Classics: Roman Literature of the Empire
Classics: Individual and Community
Classics: Introduction To Greek Archaeology
Classics: Introduction to Roman Archaeology
Classics: Beginners’ Greek
Classics: Intermediate Greek
Classics: Greek Language and Reading
Classics: Beginners’ Latin
Classics: Intermediate Latin
Classics: Latin Language and Reading

Year 2

Classics: The Built Environment in Classical Antiquity
Classics: Pompeii and Herculaneum
Classics: Gender in Classical Antiquity
Classics: Athens 478 to 429 BC (Peryclean Athens)
Classics: Augustus – Propaganda and Power
Classics: The Roman Republic – A Social and Economic History
Classics: The Rise of the Roman Empire – An Economic and Social History
Classics: Homer (in Translation)
Classics: Virgil (in Translation)
Classics: Ovid’s Metamorphoses – Art and Power in Augustan Rome
Classics: Virgil’s Aeneid: The Empire in the Literary Imagination
Classics: Body and Soul in Ancient Philosophy 1
Classics: The Good Life in Ancient Philosophy
Classics: Intensive Greek
Classics: Aspects of Modern Greek Language and Culture
Classics: Intensive Latin
Classics: Greek Historiography
Classics: Latin Love Elegy
History: The Later Roman Empire

Year 3

Classics: Hadrian’s Wall
Classics: Archaeology of Athens and Attica
Classics: Roman Orator
Classics: Gender in Classical Antiquity
Classics: Alexander the Great
Classics: Greek Law and Lawcourts
Classics: Roman Army
Classics: The City from Augustus to Charlemagne
Classics: Religion and the Ancient Greeks
Classics: Greek Lyric, Eros and Social Order
Classics: Nature and the Supernatural in Latin Literature
Classics: Studying Ancient Myth
Classics: Adventures in Greek Theatre with Iphigenia
Classics: Ancient Greek Emotions
Classics: Tacitus – The Making of History
Classics: The Philosophy of Aristotle
Classics: Body and Soul in Ancient Philosophy 2
Classics: The Good Life in Ancient Philosophy 2
Classics: Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics
Classics: Philosophy under the Roman Empire
Classics: Further Aspects of Modern Greek Language and Culture
Classics: Greek Prose Composition
Classics: Greek Verse Composition
Classics: Latin Prose Composition
Classics: Latin Verse Composition
History: Christians and Pagans from Constantine to Augustine (AD 306 to 430 AD)
Politics and International Relations: Moral Problems In Politics
Politics and International Relations: Radical Political Theory – Nietzsche and Foucault
Philosophy: Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy: Practical Ethics
Philosophy: Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy: Modern European Philosophy 1 – Husserl to Heidegger
Philosophy: Modern European Philosophy 2 – Critical Theory and Hermeneutics
Philosophy: Recovering Reality
Philosophy: The Self and Others
Philosophy: Recovering Reality
Philosophy: Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy: The Varieties of Scepticism
Philosophy: The Philosophy of Religion

Optional modules in Philosophy include:

Practical Ethics
Modern French Philosophy
Major Thinker
Philosophy of Language
Modern European Philosophy 1 – Husserl to Heidegger
Modern European Philosophy 2 – Post-structuralism and its Critics
Body and Soul in Ancient Philosophy

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. With its emphasis on reason and argumentation, philosophy is an excellent preparation for a career in law, religion, business, international diplomacy, social work, medical management or writing as well as post-graduate education.

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

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States