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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should: * acquire skills and methodologies for the analysis of classical language and literature; * gain detailed knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman culture; * receive advanced training in ancient Greek and/or Latin.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Classics)
  • Course description
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should:

        * acquire skills and methodologies for the analysis of classical language and literature;
        * gain detailed knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman culture;
        * receive advanced training in ancient Greek and/or Latin.

    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    107-533  Classics Thesis
    A thesis of 12 000 words on an approved topic.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    Core subjects
    No more than 25 points from the following list of subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    107-250  Intermediate Ancient Greek A
    In this subject students translate and discuss the interpretation of a selected work by a Greek historian (Herodotus, Thucydides or Xenophon). In tutorials, further work is undertaken on grammar and syntax which revises and consolidates the beginners...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-251  Intermediate Ancient Greek B
    In this subject students will translate and discuss the interpretation of a selected work by the playwright Euripides. In tutorials, further work is undertaken on grammar and syntax which revises and consolidates the beginners course. Students will a...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-252  Intermediate Ancient Greek C     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-253  Intermediate Ancient Greek D     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    Additional core subjects

    The remaining 25 points must be chosen from the following list of subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    107-480  Advanced Ancient Greek A
    This subject consists of reading and discussion of literary and non-literary texts and advanced linguistic topics. Students should have read a number of Ancient Greek texts in the original, consolidating their knowledge of grammar and syntax and exte...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-481  Advanced Ancient Greek B
    This subject involves reading and discussion of literary and non-literary texts; and advanced linguistic topics. On completion of the subject students should have read a number of Ancient Greek texts in the original, consolidating their knowledge of ...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-482  Advanced Ancient Greek C     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-483  Advanced Ancient Greek D     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-155  Roman Elegy     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-483  Advanced Ancient Greek D     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-156  Roman Biography     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-157  Intermediate Latin Language
    This subject extends and reinforces students' knowledge of Latin grammar and syntax. The close examination of Latin linguistic forms and structures provided by this subject is designed both to increase students' understanding of how the Lat...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-158  Intermediate Latin Language B     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     6.25

    107-159  Roman Historiography     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-160  Intermediate Latin: Oratory
    This subject examines Roman rhetorical practice through the study of an oratorical text, such as a speech of Cicero. Both highly structured and strongly emotive, oratory was a field in which Roman aristocrats fought their political battles and assert...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-161  Roman Epic     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-164  Intermediate Latin: Satire
    This subject examines key Latin satiric works by Juvenal and/or Horace. It introduces students to the genre of satire-writing, and positions it in relation to its historical context and to other Roman genres such as comedy and epigram. Students will ...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-454  Advanced Latin: Augustan Poetry
    This subject involves the specialised reading and analysis of a book of Roman poetry from the Augustan period. Selecting a text from among the works of Virgil, Horace, Propertius, Tibullus and Ovid, students will focus on issues such as the nature of...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-455  Advanced Latin: Ethnography
    This subject involves the specialised reading and analysis of an example of Latin prose ethnography. Selecting from among the works of Caesar, Pomponius Mela, Tacitus, and Pliny the Elder, this subject will focus on areas such as Roman ethnographical...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-456  Roman Didactic Poetry     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-457  Roman Novel     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    Elective subjects
    One elective subject to be chosen from the following list.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    107-404  Euripides, Seneca, and Mythmaking
    Students will read, in English translation, selected plays by Euripides (the 5th century BCE Athenian playwright) and Seneca (the 1st century CE Roman writer and tutor of the Emperor Nero). The subject introduces students to methods of interpreting t...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-410  Roman Religion: Current Issues
    The study of Roman religion raises many issues which are vital to the understanding of Roman culture and ancient ritual practice generally. Significant ideological questions remain open, such as the extent to which Romans of different social levels b...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-411  Archaeology of Complex Societies
    This seminar examines the concept of complexity from an archaeological perspective. It surveys various cultural traditions, focusing on issues associated with the emergence and development of social, economic and political complexity such as the adve...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-412  Myth and Reality in Barbarian Europe
    This seminar looks at the diverse array of ancient human communities and their experiences that form the backdrop to modern Europe. Concentrating on the 1st millennium BC, it will explore the multi-ethnic societies of ancient Europe, their villages a...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-415  Cities of Greece and Rome
    A number of cities in the Graeco-Roman world are selected for study. The Italian cities to be studied are Pompeii and Ostia, which together offer insight into civic development from the early Republic to the end of the Empire. The North African citie...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-419  Olympic Games to Alexander the Great     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-426  Current Issues in Aegean Archaeology
    This seminar will take an in-depth look at the latest debates and discoveries in the archaeology of the Bronze Age Aegean (Crete, Greece, and the Cycladic Islands) as well as consider their implications for the broader field of archaeology. The focus...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-435  The Epic Cycle and Homeric Hymns     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-441  Ethnic Identity in the Greco-Roman World     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-450  Archaeology of the Black Sea     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-467  Latin Paleography and Codicology
    Students taking this subject will study textual criticism; the elements of codicology and paleography; and examples of the major European bookhands in the Middle Ages. They will complete exercises in transcription and learn to implement their new edi...     Semester 1     12.50

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