The Classical Mediterranean
This interdisciplinary MA programme provides an exciting and challenging forum for tracing, debating and interpreting the archaeology and history of the Classical Mediterranean world across the Greek and Roman periods (approx. 7th century BC to 5th century AD), as well as investigating its reception in the modern world. Available as a one-year full time course, or part time over two years, it will equip students with the skills needed to develop their career trajectories, whether they aim to go on to conduct doctoral research in Archaeology or Ancient History (or both!) or seek to become professionals in archaeology or in museum contexts or elsewhere.
The course (available as a Masters degree or a Diploma) moves away from traditional approaches and narratives to question the ways in which we reconstruct the classical past, to identify the interplay between different types of source material, and to interrogate our perceptions of ancient societies across the Mediterranean. A key feature of this course is its interdisciplinary nature. It draws from both history and archaeology, from both texts and material culture. It equips students to work with a range of different classical sources in combination, to include: literary texts, documents, epigraphy, numismatics, material culture, landscape studies, architecture, and visual art.
The School features a high concentration of relevant staff expertise and specialisms exceptional in Britain, ranging across the classical world. Our expertise extends fully to include southern Gaul, the central Mediterranean, North Africa, the Aegean, Anatolia and Syria, offering students a coherent perspective of the whole Mediterranean. Students can choose to specialise in Greek, Roman, or Near Eastern subjects or to take a broader pan-Mediterranean view. Few comparable MA programmes exist in Britain.
Our blend of expertise and innovative approaches will ensure critical engagement with the extant evidence, and will provide detailed grounding in research skills. In addition to core modules, our choice of options enables students the opportunity to specialise in one or more key aspects of Mediterranean archaeological or ancient historical studies.
The 120-credit Diploma comprises four modules, but omits the dissertation. There may also be scope to take a 90-credit dissertation plus three modules: two core and one option.
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