Dissertation in Ancient History and or Classical Literature
Dissertation in Ancient History or an approved Classical subject.
Roman houses and households
Roman writers claimed that the house was the basic unit of the state and embodied traditional Roman values and ideals. This module explores these values and ideals by examining both literary and archaeological evidence for the Roman house, and discussing modern theories about the structure and meaning of the home.
Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation
Dissertation module for students doing single honours or joint honours degrees in Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or Egyptology. The aim is for students to do detailed research, to work on a project for several months and to produce a scholarly study of c. 8000-10000 words.
The dissertation topic can be chosen freely, in consultation with a member of academic staff and subject to compatibility with a student's degree scheme and availability of supervisors and library material. This is a chance for students to pursue an area in which they are especially interested, and to deal with it in depth. Students may choose to do museum-based research.
There are two preparatory pieces of assessment: an abstract, outline and bibliography, and an analysis of crucial source material and/or secondary literature. Work on the dissertation itself takes up most of the two semesters. Students are expected to do research independently, but there is a series of lectures in the first semester to provide advice on research and scholarly writing, Every student will be assigned a supervisor who will be organising group sessions with his/her supervisees and who will also be available for one-to-one supervision sessions.
Rome from Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History
This module provides an introduction to the full sweep of Roman history from the origins of the city (traditionally recorded as 753 BC) through its expansion and development as the centre of a world empire to the political and military eclipse of the western empire in the 5th century AD. Students will learn about the political and military institutions of (in particular) the Republican and Imperial periods of Roman history, the cultural, social and economic characteristics of those periods, and about Rome's relationships with its subjects and neighbours. While the core of the module consists of lectures providing a survey overview of over a millenium of Roman history, seminars will enable students to undertake in-depth case studies relating to particular periods, engaging with both contemporary written evidence (read in translation) and material and visual evidence.
Gender in the Roman World
The Romans believed that the defining roles of men and women were established right from the foundation of
Rome. This course examines how these roles were defined in the literature, art, inscriptions and artefacts of the
Roman period. We will look at the legal evidence for male-female relationships and roles, `ideal¿ behaviour, attitudes
towards sex, the influence of custom and ancestral behaviour, gendered roles in public life, and what happened
when men and women didn¿t behave according to societal expectations
Writing Ancient History
This module examines the writing and study of ancient history. It considers the range of available evidence (historical sources, epigraphy, biography, archaeology, numismatics) as well as modern approaches to the interpretation of the evidence.
Gender in the Roman World
The Romans believed that the defining roles of men and women were established right from the foundation of Rome. This course examines how these roles were defined in the literature, art, inscriptions and artefacts of the Roman period. We will look at the legal evidence for male-female relationships and roles, `ideal¿ behaviour, attitudes towards sex, the influence of custom and ancestral behaviour, gendered roles in public life, and what happened when men and women didn¿t behave according to societal expectations.
Italy before the Romans
Students often think of Italy as a homogeneous culture under Roman culture. The aim of this module is to challenge such assumptions by examining the varied pre-Roman cultures of the Italian peninsula from a number of perspectives: archaeological, epigraphic, and literary texts. The module will discuss evidence for politics, society, and cultural interactions from Archaic period to the Punic Wars.
Heritage Dissertation (Practice-Based)
This module affords students the opportunity to complete their MA in Heritage by undertaking a practical heritage project. The project, worth 67% of the marks, may be undertaken independently, or via a placement with a heritage project or organisation. It will be accompanied by a reflective commentary worth 33% of the marks.
Heritage Dissertation (Written)
Students produce a dissertation on a heritage topic, chosen and developed in conjunction with their supervisor in line with the standard College MA requirements.