Advanced Topics in Ancient History - CLAS7680

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Nicolo Benzi checkmark-circle


This module takes a critical and interdisciplinary approach to ancient history and modern interpretations of ancient history. After first developing a rich and detailed view of a key theme in ancient history (e.g. politics, law, migration, colonisation, violence, inequality and social justice, race and ethnicity, the environment), the module will then explore how its central theme can be studied for the ancient world and how it is addressed in twenty-first century debates.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Total Private Study Hours: 260
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
• Project Proposal (1,000 words) – 20%
• Final Project (4,000 words) – 65%
• Presentation (15 minutes) – 15%

Reassessment methods:
• 100% Coursework (4,000 words)

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Bugh, G. S. (ed.). (2006). The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Crawford, M. (ed.). (2010). Sources for Ancient History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
The Cambridge Ancient History, Volumes 1–14. 2nd–3rd edns. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1970–2001).
Erdkamp, P. (ed.) (2013). The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Morstein-Marx, R. & Rosenstein, N. (eds.) A Companion to the Roman Republic. (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell 2006)
Shapiro, H. A. (ed.) (2007). The Cambridge Companion to Archaic Greece. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Show systematic critical understanding, through clear expression, of selected topics in ancient history and the relevant sources in all their variety;
2 Demonstrate developed skills in critical analysis, interpretation, and assessment of a selection of texts and artefacts from the ancient world;
3 Show systematic understanding of the interpretations of and the relationships between topics covered in classes. These topics are likely to change from one year to the next, but may include politics and law, social and intellectual history, literary culture, and art in the ancient world as well as their reception;
4 Manage their learning through the use of primary sources and current research in ancient history and related disciplines.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Evaluate critically material discussed in class;
2 Apply their knowledge of methods of inquiry to new areas of knowledge;
3 Communicate clearly and logically using a variety of methods.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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