To study this module, you must hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent), preferably with at least a 2:1 classification. You must be studying towards either the MA in Classical Studies or the MA/MSc Open.
Your degree can be in any subject. However, if your degree is not in Classical Studies, you will need a good knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman Worlds. Knowledge of the Greek or Latin language is not required. We strongly recommend that you complete the preparatory work referenced below.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
The following resources will be useful preparation for the MA, particularly if there is an area of classical studies which is unfamiliar to you.
For the Introductory block, you may find it helpful to start thinking about the issues addressed there by reading either:
Blair, A. (2010) Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, ISBN 9780300112511.
Olson, D. (2004) The World on Paper: The Conceptual and Cognitive Implications of Writing and Reading, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-44311-3.
Knowledge of the Greek or Latin language is not necessary for the MA, though knowledge of elementary Greek or Latin might be valuable for later work, especially for the dissertation (depending on your choice of topic). The following websites provide an introduction to the ancient Greek and Latin languages:
If you have not previously studied ancient material culture, you could read:
Alcock, S. E. and Osborne, R. (2012) Classical Archaeology, 2nd edition, Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 978-1-4443-3691-7.
Greene, K. (2010) Archaeology: an Introduction, 5th edition, London, Routledge, ISBN 978-0415496391.
If you have not previously studied classical reception, you could read:
Hardwick, L. (2004) Translating words, Translating Cultures, Classical Inter/Faces, London, U.K., Duckworth, ISBN 0-7156-2912-3, 978-0-7156-2912-3.
If it is a long time since you worked on classical studies, or if you are relatively new to the subject, you may find useful:
Beard, M. and Henderson, J. (2000) Classics: A very short introduction, Oxford, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-285385-1.
To get a flavour of the interdisciplinary nature of classical studies, and of current research in the discipline, visit Classics Confidential