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Taught MA in Ancient Literature and Thought


Students on this course will learn to read a wide range of Greek and/or Latin texts in the original language and develop nuanced understanding of the range of methodologies and critical approaches to the study of these texts within their historical, cultural and political contexts. The MA offers an intensive introduction to literary theory specifically tailored to classicists, making it a unique pathway in the UK for classicists contemplating going on to a doctorate, and maximising interdisciplinary links at Warwick between the departments of Classics and Ancient History, English and Comparative Literary Studies, and Philosophy. The MA is designed to provide rigorous training in the close reading of texts and of Greco-Roman culture, but students also have the flexibility to pursue related interests both within the field of Classics and beyond. The MA builds subject-specific skills in independent research, analysis and communication, boosting employability across a wide range of graduate careers.

There are four taught elements, each worth 30 CATS points, in addition to a 15-20,000-word dissertation (worth 60 CATS).

Taught Elements

Roman Literature and Thought (CX914-30) (2-hour seminar every week in term 2, assessed by a 5,000-word essay on a topic of your choice)


Greek Literature and Thought (CX915-30) (2-hour seminar every week in term 2, assessed by a 5,000-word essay on a topic of your choice)

  • Optional core module: ancient or modern languages.

Those students who only have one ancient language to degree level take Master’s Language Training (CX911-30) in either Ancient Greek or Latin at the appropriate level. Courses available for Greek are: Beginners (Greek Language CX320-30), Intermediate (Greek Language and Literature CX326-30); Advanced (Greek Literary Texts, CX306-30), and for Latin: Beginners (Latin Language, CX315-30), Intermediate (Latin Language and Literature, CX301-30); Advanced (Latin Literary Texts. CX336-30). Students studying these modules are also required to complete a language dossier. Assessment of all language modules consists of 50% examination (spread across termly tests and the summer examination) and 50% dossier of coursework relating to the language chosen.

Those students who have both ancient languages to degree level should take either Advanced Ancient Language (CX908-30), which is assessed by examination in January and June, or German or Italian or French at the appropriate level: beginners, intermediate or advanced. Students studying a modern language module are also required to complete a language dossier (see above). Alternatively, they may opt to take a second optional core module (see above): either Roman Literature and Thought or Greek Literature and Thought.

  • ONE optional module taken from the following:
From Classics and Ancient History:

From English TMA modules in English and literary theory:

From TMA in Culture of the European Renaissance, Centre for Renaissance Studies

From the following optional TMA Philosophy modules:


Core module: Dissertation of 15-20,000 words. The topic for the dissertation will be finalised during term 2 in conjunction with your supervisor, and the final dissertations submitted in September.

Note that the Department reserves the right to change the detail of optional modules available.