In covering the languages, literature, ideas, history and art of ancient Greece and Rome, Classics is a truly wide-ranging, holistic discipline. Students of Classics come into contact with profoundly influential works and figures that have shaped our thinking about issues that still concern us today: abuses of political power and the rise of demagogues; questions of cultural identity; the problematic nature of empire and colonialism; the nature-nurture debate; the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, among others. An understanding of the rich Classical past is not only immensely rewarding in itself, it also gives students a keen lens through which to view the modern world now.
Explore the department's taught and thesis-based courses and qualifications.
Undergraduate and postgraduate Classics students have access to a unique collection of antiquities and a lively student scene.
Lauren Buckeridge, studied a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Classics
Classics Departmental Course Guide
The 2018 departmental course guide, containing in-depth information about the department and its courses is available here.
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Department of Classics staff
are located in Old Chemistry Building UC Arts City Location, 3 Hereford Street