Classics and Ancient History is as much about the present as it is about the past. It is a subject that continues to resonate today, helping us to understand modern challenges, 2,500 years after its protagonists built their lives in the ancient Mediterranean.
Like Liberal Arts, Classics at Warwick is a close-knit Department. This allows our award-winning academics to keep an eye on your observations, opinions, and developing interests. You’ll work closely with academics while carving your own path through the varied disciplines we study – across literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art.
Why study the Classics pathway?
Liberal Arts students will be well-placed to move confidently between these different disciplines and draw connections between them. You will be asking complex questions about how we know about the past, about different kinds of knowledge, and about our changing understanding of different cultural concepts – and inquiring about the very nature of the relation between past and present that keeps Classics such a contemporary, time-full, subject area.
You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of topics to design a pathway that suits your interests: this could be in topics in Greek and/or Latin literature (including comparative literary dimensions), Roman and/or Greek history, archaeology, numismatics (the study of ancient coins), ancient theatre, the reception of antiquity in the Renaissance, ancient science, rhetoric, mythology, religion, race and ethnicity, sex and gender, politics… and the list continues!
You may be interested in the following Classics modules:
- Ancient Thought: Philosophy, Politics, Science;
- Sexuality and Gender in Antiquity;
- Food and Drink in the Ancient Mediterranean;
- Africa and the Making of Classical Literature;
- Public Engagement in Classics and Ancient History.
- To pursue this pathway, in the first year you must study either one 30 CATS module from the first-year core or optional Classics modules, or two 15 CATS modules from the first-year core or optional Classics modules.
- Module offerings change annually and so individual modules may vary.
Visit the Classics and Ancient History website for more information on Classics modules.